I find it to be one of the strongest emotions we have. It can cause a destructive path of self-loathing that is (for obvious reasons) unhealthy. It can motivate us to do things we never thought we would do otherwise. We can easily be manipulated by guilt.
I’ve never elaborated on why I did, but I should as it’s not only the aesthetic appeal of cherry blossoms that captivate me, but the meaning behind the beauty that really seals the deal.
The significance of the cherry blossom tree in Japanese culture goes back hundreds of years. In their country, the cherry blossom represents the fragility and the beauty of life. It’s a reminder that life is almost overwhelmingly beautiful but that it is also tragically short. When the cherry blossom trees bloom for a short time each year in brilliant force, they serve as a visual reminder of how precious and how precarious life is. So, when Japanese people come together to view the cherry blossom trees and marvel at their beauty, they aren’t just thinking about the flowers themselves, but also about the larger meaning and deep cultural tradition the cherry blossom tree.
People nowadays move at such a fast pace that we don’t stop to appreciate life as often as we should. It’s not until (tragic) accidents that remind me that life is short, and can be taken away, for us to begin appreciating the smaller things in life.
We will never be younger than our current selves now. We should try to make the most of our days. I’m not saying that everyone should go on crazy adventures when you’re dirt poor, but just take a step back and appreciate those around you, and most of all, love yourself. Money really can’t buy happiness, acceptance, love or family, but it can ruin those things. The best things in life are not bought with money -they are obtained through time and love.
One of the things I love most about Digimon Adventure is that along with developing unique personalities for all the main characters, the show also depicts very different dynamics and friendships between the Digidestined too. There are Taichi and Sora—childhood best friends who often bicker and argue but are shown to care about one another deeply. There’s the unwavering belief that Taichi and Koushirou have in each other which helps them to utilise their individual strengths to overcome any obstacle. There’s Jyou’s protectiveness towards Mimi and his respect of her views even when they may not overlap with his own. Sora easily becomes an older sister figure to Takeru, Hikari and Mimi. Taichi and Yamato often challenge one another, and while their relationship may have started out as one of rivalry, they become close friends and learn to act as a formidable team. Then, there’s the relationship between Sora and Yamato which is one characterised by empathy and a strong emotional connection.