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Why Friends and Love Ones Won’t Support You

On February 07th, 2018, video surfaced of high school football prospect Jacob Copeland signing with the University of  Florida – expanding the young man’s football career.  As he proudly made his choice with friends and family members supporting him, Copland’s mother (sporting an University of  Alabama shirt and University of Tennessee hat) stormed off from the stage.  It’s clear that she disapproves her son’s choice.  What should had been one of Copeland’s greatest day of his life quickly turned both awkward and sad as he held back tears in the national spotlight.

His mother deserted him for his passion.

This is an all too common case of parents disapproving and shamming their child’s choices and passion.  Parents (especially in the black community) want their children to follow their predetermined path.  Should their child decide to walk their own life’s path, the parent will take offense. If you’d ever experienced this with your own parents, then you can relate to Jacob’s situation.  It’s bad enough for haters and naysayers to doubt your dreams, but they hate and naysaying comes from a parent, the emotional pain is unbearable.

You want your parents to accept and approve of your goals and dreams.

For us in the arts (performing, visual, etc.) and entrepreneurship, we’re often are bombarded by certain family member’s disapproval for taking a path with no security and little-to-no money.  We’re told that our dreams are stupid, too grandiose, senseless, and what not.  They cannot see the vision we hold for ourselves.  They rather want you to become a doctor, a lawyer, or teacher.  You know, average jobs with securities that average Americans love to brag about having.  It’s worse if you are from family line with doctors and lawyers. The moment you decide to do you and not them, it’s all bad from there.

You’re a shameful outcast in their eyes.

Fear is also a possibility. They fear that your growth will eclipse them. If you were to achieve great success,  it’d make them feel insecure about their failures.  They hate themselves for failing and giving up, so they want to bash your dreams.   Their (hidden) jealously, hatred, and envy flare up when a successful family member make their moves.  They can’t stand the fact that love one was able to become a success while they’re a complete and utter loser.

They loathe that person because they’re a reminder of what they could had become.

Love ones may not get your vision.  They can’t understand how you have these wild fantasies you want to turn into reality.  Your love ones want you see want you strive for overnight, not understanding that success takes years (as they say, an overnight success is ten years)  Because they know you for years, they know your process – not your progress.  As a result, when you bring up your dreams, they laugh because they can’t seem to understand why you of all people want to keep on doing you.

But you have to keep doing you no matter what.

To conclude, your love ones will not support you on your dreams because they do not see security in your path.  Some wish they had your confidence and drive to push themselves through for a future yet seen.  It’s crazy to think that love ones won’t support you and your drive, but it happens.  It’s hard, trust me, but you have to keep pushing.  You need to push out the htoughts of the naysayers of your family aside.

Never listen to them.  Never let their fears and hatred impact you.

 

 

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Otaku no Video: Tatake Otaking! – Lyrics Analysis

 

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Lyrical analysis of the theme song of the 1991 anime OVA Otaku no Video, “Tatake Otaking!” (Fight Otaking!) by Gainax.  Tatake Otaking describes the main character’s journey to become the king of all otakus, becoming whatever he desires, despite others telling him  he’s wrong to pursue his otaking dreams.

‘Over the endless wasteland
I run alone for all I am worth
embracing the hope
of an unseen world far away.’ 

When you start  the dream journey you’ll be alone on the path.  The  faraway world of your dreams unseen, but you must keep on pressing on.

It’s your dreams. Chase it, even if you can not yet see the end results of it.

‘The only thing I believe in is glowing passion.
I will be a raging inferno!
No one will be able to stop
my heart’s beat!’

Believe in your passion, it’s your main focus and at times, it’s the only thing that you can believe in.   Envision yourself as an unstoppable inferno, and do not allow anyone to attempt to put out your flames.  There will be people who’ll want to stop your shine.

Do not let them.  No matter what.

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‘One of these days, I will find out the truth of
love. Everything in this world will be mine.’

Love created from  the passion of the grind and hustle from chasing your dreams and you doing you.
This world can be yours if you put your mind to what you seek, and imply effort through actions.

Also, does the line “everything in this world will be mine” reminds you of a certain quote from an early 80s gangsta movie?

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‘We’re bound together by friendship.
It’s a thick bond.’

The otaku community, for the most part, is a close-knit one.  Our community is forged from many outcasts, shun by society for the common passion, which we all come together and support one another.  Naturally, (everlasting) friendships are created from this.

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Our little group has always been 
And always will until the end

‘I won’t let anyone block me!
(I won’t let anyone block me!)
I will go my own way!
(I will go my own way!)’

You can never allow anyone to stop you from achieving your dreams, no matter what.  On this hustle and dream path, there will be people who want you to steer off it.  They will attempt to  block your progress, or tell you shit like “Oh, you can’t do this.” Or “You’ll never make it.”

Fuck them.  Do you. If they ain’t paying your bills, fucking you, or feeding you, don’t let their opinions get to you.  Do you.  Do your own shit.

Besides, people like a man or a woman with her own path and goals, and can stay focus on them.

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People will hate and ridicule.  Fuck them.


‘Fight! Fight!
Fight! Fight!
Fight! Otaking! ‘

A possible reference to the original otaking himself, former Gainax president  (and company co-founder) Toshio Odka.

 

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‘I abandon the one I love and keep on running
believing in a shining future
and staking my dreams on it.’

On the hustlers  and dreamer path, you may have to abandon friends and family members who won’t support you and your dreams.  If you have people like that in your life, cut them out now.  They’re holding you back.  Keep running towards the shinning future you want in life.   

Ken Kubo (main character) had to abandon his girlfriend  off, who was on his case for being otaku and chasing his dreams.

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Hey, she doubted his shit, so he had to cut that bitch off like K Camp.

‘The sweat that soaks my T-shirt
is the medal of a man.

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Yeah no.

‘My tears won’t stop!
I won’t forget the beating
of my heart’s refrain!’ 

(It’s not that deep)

‘I will rise above the drifting time and be reborn.
The time will come someday when I
will be known as Otaku.’

(It’s not that deep)

‘I won’t let anyone block me!
(I won’t let anyone block me!)
I will go my own way!
(I will go my own way!)
Fight! Fight!
Fight! Fight!
Fight! Otaking’! 

(Already given my analysis on the hook)

‘I’ve thrown away
everything in my life.’

For some otaku, in order to become the ultimate otaku, they’ve thrown everything out from their lives.  Friends. Family. Work.  Everything just so they can invest in their passion and dreams.  (Although I personally wouldn’t recommend tossing love ones and a job aside just to watch anime all day)

In some cases, you may have to throw many things out of your life, so you can pursue a better life.

You have to be willing to give up something to get the real shit.

 

My goal is the world!
(My goal is the world!)
I’ll be the greatest man!
(I’ll be the greatest man!)
Fight! Fight!
Fight! Fight!
Fight! Otaking!

 

Going back to the “The world is yours!” mindset mentioned earlier.  People with drive and purpose want the world.  They want to be noticed by the world, and want everything within it.

Who’s world is this?
The world is yours Otaking.   The world is yours Otaqueen.

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