I decided to catch up on Bakuman around two weeks ago and then proceeded to consecutively watch 16 episodes of the anime. The story that follows two students working furiously to reach their dream of becoming manga artists really drew me in. In fact, I went and read 120 chapters of the manga right after that since I simply couldn’t wait for the next episode of the anime.
Stories where we can experience the ups and downs of another person’s life can be infinitely intriguing. The Count of Monte Cristo and David Copperfield are both excellent examples of this, and I still regard them as two of my favorite novels of all time. This is why I was so easily drawn into Bakuman, and into the lives of Mashiro and Takagi.
Watching them toil endlessly towards their goals and aspirations made me think of all the times I wanted to do something, but instead continuously put off doing so. However, it is never too late to start right now. Time spent watching television/movies/anime, playing games, surfing the web, and idling could instead be used to do something you might have always wanted to do. It can be picking up a new instrument, learning a new language, starting a side project, and/or actively working towards one of your goals.
I’m not saying to stop playing games and not watch anime, but just remember to take things in moderation. Everyone needs their leisure time and I’m no different. But I do realize that I spend way too many hours idly surfing reddit, or sitting immersed in a video game when I could instead be coding a game of my own.
Pick something you’ve always wanted to do or learn. Now put aside some time each day, or even each week, to work on it until it becomes a habit. Remember, nothing is impossible. Nothing is too far out of reach.