Courage in Tamako Market 3
[MUSHYHIJACK: I have rescheduled this post to clear January 13th - February 15th of any posts. The original posting date was January 25th.]
Imagine for a moment that the simple things in life become the most difficult. Everything is turned upside down. What if it were easier to be cold and distant than to be warm and friendly? What if saying “thank you” felt unnatural and impossible?
Maybe then you would seem like a loner. The kid in class who never speaks except when spoken to. The one who heads straight home.
Maybe people would assume things about you. That you’re a snob. That you’re too busy or important for them.
Maybe you might even say or do hurtful things. Not because you want to, but because that is the only way you know how to act. It’s natural.
Maybe you even go so far as to practice doing and saying what’s right. You look in the mirror and say the right thing. What you see isn’t you, though. It’s not right. Instead you hate the fake you in the mirror. But you know that’s the real you reflected back.
Maybe you start to hate yourself. Maybe you’re cursed.
But maybe, if you really want, you can change.
It takes courage to change. Changing yourself is not for the faint of heart. You’ll stumble. You’ll fall. You have to be willing to accept that and able to pick yourself back up.
It takes effort to change. Staying the same is easy. After all, its what you did yesterday. Pushing forward and becoming a new person might be difficult. It won’t be easy.
It takes determination to change. If you give up at the first bump in the road then you’ll never succeed.
Sometimes, it takes friends to change. Someone to help. Someone to rely on. Someone to encourage you. Someone to understand.
Sometimes, it takes a spark to cause change.
Imagine what you can do now.