Photo from the movie Spirited Away.
I first watched this 15 years ago, when I was in 1st grade? I didn’t know what it’s talking about. Roughly the story is about (no spoiler) the girl Chihiro and her parents went to a mysterious place that turns her parents to pig (huh?) and she had to work at a hot spring resort in order to save her parents. The headmaster of the resort controls workers by taking away their names. People start forgetting their names, until Chihiro met a guy Haku who told her no to forget hers no matter what.
Japanese films like using metaphor, especially anime, which makes it very fascinating, and hipster-ish. LOL
It is not really about names, but who you are of what the movie refers to. Once you start going 9-5, you start forgetting who you are, how you used to be creative, excited about stuffs, how you laughed when you just swung on the swing, how you cracked the smile when you had an ice-cream after running around the field.
‘Once you’ve met someone you never really forget them.’ (Spirited Away, 2001)
What defines you? Who defines you? How people define you? When you start letting people to define you? Why you let people define you?
We never want to be defined, at least not however they want to define us. It is just because we chose what we think is more important, we prioritized. Money? Approval from your boss? Working hours? Relationships? Friends? Family? In the society that is so competitive, everyone is full of complaints and disappointments, people judge, a lot. We can either be: I care how the think about me,because this is how people work, how the society works; or we can be: I live the life how I want to be, because this makes me who I am. The first one is easy, cause that’s makes people frown; the second one is hard, that makes it so precious and desirable.
Being yourself is hard, but nobody said you can’t. Find your Haku.