New Fictional Role Models

I am one of those people who is forever immersed in the fictional world. The world of unreal and imaginary flows through every fibre of my being.

Fiction inspires me to no end. It has impacted my life decisions more than anything real ever could. Even my food and fashion choices were influenced by fiction.

Previously, I’ve written about my role models (of the real and not-real variety!). But you can never have too many inspiration idols, right? Here are three characters I’ve added my my ‘inspirational’ list :)

Misaki Ayuzawa (Kaicho wa Maid-sama!)

First off, I have to say that I’ve only watched three episodes of Maid-sama so far. Although it’s not my usual pick (I’m not entirely sure where the story trying to go), I found it to be both pretty hilarious and romantic – which makes it more of a guilty pleasure series at the moment!

But from what I’ve watched so far, Misaki – the main protagonist – is a tough (perhaps, a little intimidating) and hard-working girl who puts her all into everything she does. Even if the task is something she dislikes. In the story, she reluctantly works a job as a maid in order to help support her family. This is what is particularly inspiring for me. Although she doesn’t exactly like the task, she’s determined to put in 100% anyway. To me, this is like saying “well I’m here to do it anyway, I may as well do the best I can.”

On top of this, she is completely selfless (maybe a little too much!) and works really hard for herself in order to protect others. Her go-get-‘em and ‘do your best, no matter what’ attitude is something I’d like to remind myself to have more of. (Additionally, I’m in the process of figuring out whether her awesome hairstyle would work in real-life :mrgreen: It helps to have a visual reminder, doesn’t it?)

 

Shiharu Nakamura (Love So Life)

Shiharu is the main character of Love So Life, a really cute and adorable manga series. Love So Life has quickly become one of my favourites because of how much it makes me cry, smile and laugh like an idiot (even when re-reading past chapters!) For those reasons, I’m very lucky nobody has ever walked past me while I’m reading this.

In contrast to Misaki’s no-nonsense, to-the-point personality, Shiharu is a forever-cheerful, optimistic type. She has a youthful and child-like quality which, being a baby-sitter, is a useful trait for understanding children. I think this is something everyone needs in the grown-up world. The simplicity of a child’s way of thinking can really help filter out the complex, cloudy thoughts we get as a grown-up.

She holds unconditional love for everyone she knows, even going as far as holding back her own feelings, believing it would be better for others. But she learns that it isn’t healthy to always hide your feelings, despite your good intentions, and sometimes it’s equally as good to share your feelings – yet another life lesson that we should take note of!

Not only that but I’ve taken a few fashion ideas inspired by her outfits in the manga. It’s normal to do that, right?

 

Clara Oswald (Doctor Who)

Actually, it’s a bit unfair to choose just one out of the many companions. Since joining the Doctor Who craze from the Ninth Doctor series, I’ve liked all the companions. My favourites being Idris (a.k.a the TARDIS is human form) and Sarah-Jane Smith (circa. Sarah Jane Adventures… alright she wasn’t exactly a ‘companion’ anymore, but she was her own!)

But out of the long-running companions, I’m not sure why I chose Clara out of everyone. Maybe it’s because of her sarcastic, quick-witted energy which shows she can really hold her own. Perhaps it’s because it’s because of her really funny sense of humour. Or her accessible fashion style. Or maybe because of that one episode where she was an exceptional Doctor.

I don’t know but she makes a great match for our newest Twelfth Doctor (who by the way, I love just as much as previous incarnations!)

I’ve secretly always wanted to be a companion. My favourite piece of fashion advice is: “Dress everyday like you’re going to run away with the Doctor in those clothes.”

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If you like this, maybe you’d like to read my previous ‘role model’ posts:

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Think About Your Biography

“I want to live my life so that I’ll be able to read an in-depth biography about myself in later years and not puke.”

- Paris Geller, Gilmore Girls

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It’s not the most poetic way of putting it but she has a point :)

Life is about constantly growing and learning new things everyday – whether that’s about yourself or about the world! Small things count too :)

It doesn’t have to mean throwing yourself into a wild adventure (but if that’s your scene, that by all means, do it!). It just means taking your average day and making it into something wonderful, even if just through the little things. Something you can truly call a memory. Little by little, those memories come together and form a scrapbook in our mind. A scrapbook that we can look back on and smile at page.

All those opportunities outside your door. Only you will know which opportunity is the right one for you. And when it comes around, don’t be afraid to grab it!

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The Struggles of Writing an Email

A quick post today as I share with you a funny YouTube video created and animated by Domics.

I know this struggle all too well and yet, it’s kind of ridiculous – it’s just an email!

Personally, I find it difficult to write text to someone without adding a smiley face, emoticon/emoji or at least an exclamation mark somewhere. Sometimes I have to resist from adding a little too many…

It’s kind of difficult to convey expression in plain black and white, isn’t it? :mrgreen:

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Sometimes We Need Someone…

“Sometimes we need someone to accept and love us first. Then we would learn to see ourselves through that person’s eyes and learn to love ourselves.”

- Yuki Sohma, Fruits Basket

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It’s a common thing to hear ‘If you don’t like yourself, then how do you expect others to like you?’ It’s a well-intentioned saying. It encourages you to think positively, think good of yourself and start boosting your self-esteem.

But despite its good intentions, it often over-simplifies the reality. Like Yuki puts it in an episode of Fruits Basket, what if you just can’t find anything about yourself that you like or feel good about?

The whole ‘If you don’t like yourself, then how do you expect others to like you?’ doesn’t always work because it assumes you can change your personal opinion about yourself just like that. Depending on how it’s said, sometimes it feels like sayer is accusing us of disliking ourselves and being negative on purpose, as if we can instantly stop whenever we like it.

And in a way, that probably makes things worse. They’re telling us to snap out of it but we can’t. They say it as if it’s a simple solution. How pathetic we must be if we can’t even follow something so simple, right? In this case, it has not helped us think more positively at all. It probably makes us feel worse.

Maybe that’s how we got here in the first place. Because¬†we can’t find anything we like about ourselves. We can’t think positive when we don’t see anything positive to think about. Our thoughts can’t always be controlled so easily.

So I think this quote really hits the nail on the head. Sometimes we need someone to tell us what they see. Someone who can remind us of why we’re so likeable. Someone who makes us realise that there is something about us that can actually be loved. It doesn’t even have to be spoken in words, sometimes actions can be enough to make us think ‘they enjoy being around me,’ ‘they like talking to me,’ and eventually ‘maybe I’m not all that bad after all.’

And so, to all of you, my dear special readers, I leave you on this note: Go show someone how great and how loved they truly are today. Everyday :)

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What’s Real Cannot Be Denied

“I know what’s real cannot be denied,
Although it may hide for a while”

- I Still Believe (from Cinderella III: A Twist in Time Soundtrack) by Hayden Panettiere

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In a lot of my blog posts, I spend a lot of time thinking over quotes and expressing what they mean to me. But today, I’ll leave you with with this one, because I feel it has so many different meanings that you don’t need me to explain what they could be.

There’s nothing more magical than hearing/reading words and for it to immediately resonate in your heart, in it’s own uniquely special way, in a way only you know how. :)

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Maybe We Don’t Realise Because… It’s On Our Back

“The part of a person that’s remarkable is like the umeboshi on the back of a rice ball.

All around the world, there are different colors, shapes, and flavors, but because it’s stuck to the back, they might not be able to see their precious umeboshi.

‘I’m not special,’ each one would think, ‘just plain ole rice.’ Even though that’s not true, and there is an umeboshi on the back. The reason people get jealous of one another is because they can see the umeboshi on other people’s backs. Even now, someone might be feeling envious of something you don’t recognize in yourself.”

- Tohru Honda, Fruits Basket

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I really love this analogy.

This reminds me of how special and unique we really are. Every single one of us on this planet. Even if we might not know it!

Tohru describes our special qualities as being the umeboshi (pickled plum) on the back of a rice ball. She explains that maybe don’t realise how special we are because our qualities our on our back, where we can’t see it, so we don’t believe we have anything special at all.

[For those unfamilliar with rice balls (or 'onigiri' in Japanese), click here for some images - courtesy of good old Google!]

I think it’s true that if we were to look at ourselves through another person’s eyes, we would view ourselves differently. Because we see ourselves every day from only one perspective, so sometimes we miss things or just don’t realise how special we really are.

Everyone should believe they are special.

You are special.

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Weird

Craig Owens: “Has anyone ever told you that you’re a bit weird?”
The Doctor: “They never really stop.”

- Craig Owens and The Doctor, Doctor Who (Episode: The Lodger)

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Part of what we loved about the Doctor was his zany weirdness. It’s part of what makes his character.

And if he was proud to embrace his inner weirdness, then so can the rest of us! :)

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