If you’ve opened this post, then it can mean one of two things: either you’re doubting yourself or you actually do have what it takes and you’re just curious about what I’ve written here…
Last week, I watched Studio Ghibli’s The Cat Returns for the first time, and I never expected it to be such a funny movie with such an important message.
For its protagonist, Haru, a young high school student, believing in herself was not quite easy. The movie begins with her mishaps and with herself viewing and admiring others for being “cool” rather than for who or what they truly were. This is a movie about life, about the journey we take in believing in ourselves and how sometimes we can lose ourselves and our faith if we are not lead or accompanied by the correct people or examples. The Baron, that is, the main cat in this movie, tells her that she always has to believe in herself. “Do this and you’ll have nothing to fear” he says.
I believe life is like an obstacle course. You will run, you will fall, you might cry, scream, get pissed off at the other contestants, but in the end, once you cross that finish line, you accept it was all worth it. For me, the movie teaches one not to settle just to feel “cool” or fit right in. It teaches us to believe in ourselves and what we can do if we just have faith. Sometimes we fear we can’t make it, other times we are way too overconfident and believe we cannot fall when in reality, as human beings, we can and we will. That’s why we need to believe in ourselves and believe and accept that we have what it takes to be happy, unique, and imperfect. Our life is full of choices, and everything that happens depends on those choices that we make day after day.
So I ask you, do you have what it takes to believe in yourself? If you don’t, what’s stopping you? Why aren’t you unique? Why don’t you stand out? No one is perfect. We all have different talents, different interests. Have faith, my friends. If you don’t believe in faith, then have a goal in mind and fight for it giving it all you’ve got. Then… will you finally be able to believe in yourself?
Until our next time,