"Remaining individual and unique is the true way to achieve your dream"
(Miki - Anime character in "Universal Lady Justice, Vol 1)
I know that I'm not the target demographic audience for Anime, but every time I expand my horizons I'm surprised to see, hear, read or experience something that goes beyond what a nearly 70 year old woman should enjoy and find meaningful.
"Anime is a diverse art form with distinctive production methods and techniques that have been adapted over time in response to emergent technologies. It consists of an ideal story-telling mechanism, combining graphic art, characterization, cinematography, and other forms of imaginative and individualistic techniques" (Wikipedia)
I remember my computer science students who were interested in Anime, also called Japanese Anime, since it originated there.
The artwork was fascinating, but I never paid attention to the story lines before
I have much for which to be thankful. However, fear, hatred, bigotry, bullying, body shaming and harassment of those who don't fit the mold sometimes causes me to feel hopeless.
A Spark Analogy - I do not fit any mold - I am an "experiment of one"
4 years ago, soon after my 3rd maintenance anniversary, I wrote a blog about being a "Spark Oddball"
A brief summary:
I never dieted during 25 years of carrying the extra weight. I accepted the weight and considered it normal to keep gaining as I aged.
I like to exercise. I don't see it as a chore. Fitness never was my problem, eating was
I LIKE to weigh myself every day. Whether it's up or down, for me it's just one data point. It's the trend that's important to me and I can't determine that with less frequent checkpoints.
You've heard of "wheat belly?" Then I have fish belly and nut belly.
The recommended healthy choices of fish, nuts and seeds don't work for me - to the point of even ending up in the ER. Just some weird allergies, I guess.
Today I have been in maintenance for 7 years.
Ironic that my anniversary falls during Thanksgiving week.
Thus my introspective attitude this morning.
Thank you SP for creating an accepting environment even for an "oddball" like me,
Thank you for the realization that NO ONE is immune to regain
Thank you for the motivation to stay on track even if I slip up at times
Thank you Sparkers for accepting me as I am.
I do have a special interest in this particular Anime book. The author, pen name Mr Drake, is my grandson #1. He is a college sophomore, majoring in "International Engineering" with a minor in Mandarin. He spent one year of high school in China as an exchange student and will do so again as part of his degree program. He was diagnosed on the Autism spectrum in pre-school and has always marched to the beat of his own drummer.