As I shared with you on my last post, I have not been- for varied reasons- directly involved with climbing or any other outdoor activity for the past few months. I have hit a wall and I am finding ways to drain and find motivation from other sources while I can get my life back in order ! Therefore, today I am going to share with you one of my guilty pleasures and an unexpected tool that has helped me keep my flame alive and rediscover myself… Anime !
I know what you might be thinking, and I agree… This post does not have much to do with the overall thematic of the blog. However, because we are honest with you and have focused on making this blog a safe space for expression, I will share with you -through my selection- my current state of mind while providing you two great shows if you happen to be an anime lover or curious about it. I must point out that the ones that I have chosen revolve around the lives of athletes, which means that I am not that far off ! Let the moment of truth begin.
Ballroom e Youkoso
Ballroom e Youkoso or Welcome to the Ballroom follows the life of Tatara, a self-conscious middle school student who embarks on a journey to discover himself as a person through dancing. In this anime we evidence the challenges of the discipline, the complexity of building a partnership, and the pressure of competitions with a touch of comedy and drama. If you have had the opportunity to read some of my posts, you might recall that I have mentioned my involvement with ballroom dancing and the impact it has had on my life. I LOVE TO DANCE; however, I have had to put my dancing on hold for an undetermined period of time. Having to make that choice hurt, but it was the right and responsible one at the moment. I was somewhat in denial about the fact that I had to take a “break” just when I was starting and I didn’t know how to canalize my frustration and disappointment. All of this changed after reading the comment section of a Youtube DanceSport competition video I was watching with my son where many users mentioned how the anime Ballroom e Youkoso had brought them there. It had been a while since I hadn’t watched anime and due to the current circumstances, why not ? I am glad that I allowed myself to find some time to watch this and to focus on the little things that give me life. Watching each episode was an incredible experience because it put me on their shoes as a dancer. I was allowing these fictional characters to take me on their journey and it was both a strange and pleasant experience. The amount of inspiration I got from following the main character’s journey has motivated me to look forward and work hard for the time, whenever that will be, that I will have the opportunity to put my shoes back on at the studio.
Yuri!!! on Ice
If you follow anime, I am sure that you have already watched Yuri on Ice or at least heard about it. This anime was released on 2016 having lots of traction and impact not only on Japan but worldwide. Yuri on Ice follows the career of doomed ice skater Yuuri Katsuki and acclaimed champion Viktor Nikiforov with a focus on the impact the artistic career and guidance of the latter has on Yuuri on a professional and personal level. To be honest, what struck the most from this anime, aside from the overall excitement of watching the career of Yuuri evolve in correlation to his personal character, was how organic the relationship between the main two characters was portrayed. It had been a while since I hadn’t seen a romantic relationship on a show be developed with such innocence and purity. Even though we get glimpses of the typical anime fan service, the core of the emotion remains pure. I could not stop smiling whenever these characters interacted and I am not ashamed to express how much these two have inspired me. I am speechless with a smile from ear to ear…Hats off to the writers.
I am amazed at how much of an impact something that sometimes we consider as trivial can have on our lives. I never thought that I would feel so motivated and alive after watching these anime nor that I would be openly expressing this on a blog. Today I find myself here doing the unexpected and at the same time unavoidable. Because I live by the day, I cannot wait to see what crazy story I will be sharing with you guys next.
Thank you for putting up with my existential crises and being respectful and open to different themes. As usual, your turn is next…
What do you watch or read to keep your flame alive ? What is your motivational guilty pleasure ?