Sorting through my memories this week, I found the beginning of one my great loves. Sleeping over at a friends house, up late when with no one around. Laying in front of television that was playing the usual infomercials as the night pressed on. I changed the channel to Cartoon Network. The channel was showing its adult swim programming and stumbled up a marathon of a show called Bleach. I sat there in amazement of the show for hours as the episodes marched on accordingly. When the marathon concluded at 6 am, I realized that I had found something that I would fall in love. Anime and Manga.
From that point on I spent countless hours delving into that world. Summers would be spent watching and reading innumerable episodes and chapters. Part of me thinks that all that time spent in front of a computer may have been the thing that forced me to wear glasses. Now from the outside, it can look a bit strange which it is understandable but with most things, it’s only strange until you see it.
What is the point of this love? For me, anime and manga allow me to dream and feel as if I were in a different world. It has a way of inspiring me to be better, trying harder, and pushing against the difficulties that I come across in my life. Living through the characters, dreaming of being as strong as they are, and realizing that I am the catalyst to my destiny are all things I learned by sifting through the material.
What is most important is that it grants me a kind of energy to dream big. To dream of being able to change the world. To dream about becoming something incredibly grand and grandiose. To dream about how magical the world is and how to appreciate the small things in life. When I get through the material, I am reinvigorated.
I use this energy to apply it my life as a force of change. Coming with the power of the human spirit at my back, doing things that seemed impossible a few days ago are easy. I think it’s important that people find that stuff in their life. The thing that somehow give them energy even when it is effortful. Something gives us more than what we put into it so we can use the result to make a real change in the world.
The things that foster the little infinitesimal thoughts to grow. It provided me with hope and understanding of the world. A way to relate and see the world differently than before. To make me feel like my heart will beat differently because of the point of view given.
Of course, it is silly, funny, dramatic, stupid, sad, hopeful, surprising, and scary – but at the end of the day, it makes me feel, think, and act. It springs hope from within and allows me to believe in simple ideas have weight and should be pursued. That I can, and I should no matter the challenge.
I owe a lot to this love of mine, and its one of the things few things I get passionate about sharing with others. I realized that it is about finding those things and never letting go. As I get older my love for anime and manga changes, it makes me afraid that my love will fade. I know that at least for now I have the dreams that it has given me.