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"Chihaya was named after "chihayafuru". The meaning of this old Japanese word are explained in the story. "Araburu" means "to do toward bad direction like crazy", but "chihayaburu" means "to do toward good direction powerfully"
It's a show about old Japanese poetry so everything pretty much sounds like a bad sneeze
Cool, lets do it. We're both adults, why not talk like adults?
You picked out two quotes. You wrote about how you wanted to tell this girl all this stuff. You have thought about it so much you even have a tweet about it. Its not far fetched to think that in your head you have played out the situation at least a few times and you are thinking of actually telling this girl these things.
Tell this girl all this stuff? I wanted to say thank you, thats it. I didn't want anything more than that. Just to let her know she made an impact on my life then we probably wouldn't see each other for another 5 years.
The tweet that I tweeted MONTHS ago that you responded to today? This one?
That tweet was from months ago about a completely different situation. After months of trying to find an in with my coworkers, one of them either noticed and helped or by pure happenstance just gave me that in. It opened up many opportunities for me and my coworkers to talk and because of that I have made friends with a couple of them and my work life is 100% better. Why not thank somebody for doing something like that for you? I did end up thanking them, though without telling them the whole anxiety part, and the world never came crashing down on me. That was that.
It IS far fetched to think that I played that situation over in my head. I can count on one hand how many times I thought about this person in the last 5 years. I saw her, quickly thought "hey maybe I should say thanks for back then", decided against it and that was the end of it. Simple.
Its also not a stretch to think that anime has influenced you in some way . You watch a ton of it and life imitates art.
And school shootings are caused by violent video games, right?
I love anime because I love ALL animation. For 15 years of my life I wanted to be an animator. Cartoons, Disney movies and anime are one of my favorite things because of that. I grew up on them, just like video games so they hold a special place in my heart. They also offer a new way to tell stories that you can't tell in live action very well (look at all the video game and anime live action movies that have failed). Theres nothing more to it then that. It doesn't mold me in any significant way.
Id also love to know how you are connecting the first to the second quote. I think i know but I want to see it from you.
You say peoples lives are over before they started because they can't leave their comfort zone and are insecure in themselves. Assumptions like the one you made are why I, personally, was in that exact situation. If somebody can take a simple fact like "I like anime" and somehow spin that into this assumption that describes someone who would need to have a pretty warped view of reality, then pin that assumption onto me, don't you think that maybe that person has a decent reason to be afraid of opening up and leaving their comfort zone?
I spent most of my teenage years alone and picked on for no reason other than the way I looked and more significantly, the fact that I liked to read books and play video games. People made assumptions based on those things and I was instantly labelled an outsider and never had a chance to try and make friends with my classmates.
More than a decade later and I am doing so much better than I was then, but the effects of that are still clearly there.
You make me seem like some crazy person who spends his time alone fantasizing about talking to a girl. That's honestly the last thing on my mind these days. I'm just a guy living his life like everyone else, but with a little more fear and a little less self confidence.
If you want to know what I think about all day when I have the time to, let me tell you about my dad who has been on medical leave from work for over a year and my mom who spends all her time at home taking care of her children. Neither of them are working right now and the amount of money we make as a family is barely enough to get by. If my dad doesn't have a job by next February we will lose our house and I will have to leave the job I love, with the people I am just starting to find my place with to help them whereever they end up going. A normal thing that normal people worry about, because i'm not an insane person.
And still, on top of that, I wake up every day with a two goals I try to accomplish.
1) Do something outside of my comfort zone
2) With every person I interact with, try and make their day a little better. Whether it be offering to help a coworker with a task they are struggling with or making sure a customer understands how to fix what they are trying to fix and has exactly what they need to do it. Try not to be a burden on anyone. Try not to make their day any worse than it was before that interaction.