What’s this? Good question, I’ve been selected by the lovely Irina, to participate in a tag created by Kimchisama.
Is it an award? Not as such, a similar format, but this is more of a… reflection. A chance for people to focus on the positives in their life and share them with people in this aniblogging community. Our lives are too often spent dwelling on the negatives, this tag is a perfect way to take stock of everything that makes this life worth living.
Right. So I’m assuming there’s rules? There’s always rules.
1. Mention the person who nominated you.
2. List 13 reasons why you keep going/living (This is borrowed from the book but I’m taking it the opposite direction).
3. Nominate 10 or more people to give their reasons why.
4. Use the picture that I (Kimchisama) created in your post. I’m sorry that I’m a bit bad a making these things… But I tried.
Okay, so how are we going to do this? You’ll pick up quick, just be your usual smarmy self and we’ll get through okay! Also I’m doing this in alphabetical order, makes the most sense this way.
Tch. Fine, so reason number 1? This one’s obvious but Anime & Manga, among my various passions and past times this is the one that brings me the most immediate and pure joy. A day without anime or manga is a day wasted!
And number 2? While relatively new to my life Blogging has proven an immeasurable boon not only to my self-confidence but to just general life happiness. Being able to share the things I love with like-minded individuals and have them respond so kindly is just beyond words.
Number 3? You might not know this about me but I’m a pretty damn good cook, so Cooking is number 3. I do all the cooking in my life and I love cooking for people, its satisfying to be able to make people happy with something that comes so easy to me.
Number 4? This one might seem a bit counter-intuitive since it’s probably doing the opposite for me, but Fast Food, I know it’s bad for me and the only reason I like it so much is because of chemicals and what not screwing with my brain, but then again, isn’t everything we love just the result of chemicals in our brain reacting favourably to input? Anyway that’s my excuse for the “negative” things in this list. *winky face*
Uh-oh, Number 5 then? Chemicals, hey? Aren’t they great, I do love Having a Drink. By which I mean alcohol of course, bourbon is my drink of choice btw.
You know there’s a word for people who need alcohol as a ‘reason to live’. Shut-up. I know my limits, it’s just something I enjoy is all.
Okay then. Number 6? Japan! That’s right the whole damn place, I’ve only been twice, but the most recent trip was so much fun and I love (almost) everything about it that I can’t wait to go back! The people, the food, the public transportation, the city, the country, all of it! Just please, North Korea, don’t do anything silly—leave Japan alone.
Number 7? In general, I think people should just be nicer to one another, doesn’t matter if you don’t agree with someone’s opinions, just be nice. Kindness is something that’s so underrated, whether it’s kindness to and from your friends and family, or the kindness of strangers. We all should show more kindness and I’m always appreciative of when people show kindness to me, especially when it comes from unexpected places or in unexpected ways.
Number 8? Now, I must preface this one by saying I messaged Irina to just inquire whether this one was “appropriate”, she said “I dunno”, so to my followers (especially the more ‘shy’ among you) please forgive me, I promise I won’t go into any detail. I’ll say it and we can move on. Okay, ready? Masturbation. Next!
…*shakes head* Number 9? I love Music, the listening to it, not playing of course, I don’t have a musical bone in my body. Also, I don’t just mean anime music, my musical tastes are varied, running across nearly every genre of music and ranging from music from the late 70’s up until today. It’s always been a cornerstone of my life and I wouldn’t be the same without it.
Number 10? A Sense of Humour is important, at least for me it is. Whether my sense of humour is something that is relatable or even inherently evident is up to the individual, but I love being able to make (some) people laugh, or even just smile. Whether it’s in real life or with my silly blog posts!
Number 11? I have a fiancé, her name is Sharon (often referred to on this blog as the ‘irl waifu’) and she means everything to me. The fact that I get to share my life with her is a treat. I’ll never get tired of and the fact that she puts up with me is a testament to how amazing of a person she is. Things aren’t always easy, but we can work through this life together.
Number 12? I don’t get the chance to be as weird as I’d like to on this blog, some people don’t like Weirdness, and that’s okay. But I love it! Whether it’s in the media I’m consuming or out in the world or within myself, I can’t help but be drawn to weird things!
And finally, number 13? Probably the thing I’m simultaneously most passionate about but least secure in sharing is my Writing, not the reviews but rather creative writing or fiction. I’ve got a lot of it under my belt but very little of it sees the light of day, mostly because I put so much of myself into the writing I worry that if someone judges my work harshly they are—in turn judging me harshly. Writing is an outlet for my creativity and imagination, it helps me work through complicated feelings and it even helped me work through a crippling fear of my own mortality. It’s an invaluable tool and an important part of my life.
Wow, that was certainly an eye-opening experience—for better or worse. Please don’t bring it up again. But yes, I enjoyed this, it’s good to focus on the positives!
So now you have to pick 10 people to do this too? Right, so as with all these types of tags, if you’ve already been tagged or just don’t want to do it no pressure. After all it can be an intimidating thing to do, especially for those who are more private about their lives. That said, these are my picks!
The Bookworm Drinketh
Miyo’s Permanent Record
And that’s it then! Thanks for reading this, I hope you enjoyed this or found it enlightening, or just wasn’t too creeped out my Number 8. Also, thanks again to Kimchisama for creating this wonderful tag!
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