How dedicated are you to anime? I could have named my blog The Crescent Moon once more, but it seemed too idealistic and romantic. After some time thinking, the name just popped at me – anime|otaku. I may not be able to know as much people or VAs in the anime industry as some people do; I may not be able to understand Japanese as some people do; that’s what I am, however – almost a total anime otaku. (This post may be to celebrate the two months this blog has been running. The posts before May were only imported from a more personal blog of mine which I don’t update any longer. Talking about anime is just more fun.)

I’ve peppered my posts time and again with the struggle that I’m undergoing this semester. Everyday starts like a high school day; however, the subjects are delved into more deeply, and more often than not I come out tired and enervated. I have days where I only sleep three to four hours; that’s how hectic my school schedule is. It doesn’t help that it starts at 7:30 am every single day and ends at 3 pm for most of the week. I could have slept more than those three or four hours and studied more than enough if I didn’t participate in anime forums, write blog posts, watch anime, or listen to anime music, but where’s the fun in that? The only books I’m reading this semester are history (which I absolutely love) and a manual on how to write even better English. (I’m pretty confident with my skills in English as they are and have the grades to back them up, but I just want to write better, especially with readers expecting fluent syntax and correct grammar. Forgive me if I’ve made mistakes time and time again. I’ll probably make them [mistakes] in the future as well, so I also ask forgiveness in advance.)

Anime’s the only thing that’s keeping me in school, honestly. It’s because I can think of the day where I’m going to buy myself a really fast and powerful computer to watch a lot of anime in my rest or free time. That’s how painfully dedicated I am to anime: my social life is almost non-existent. By the way, my grades aren’t bad due to my luckily absorbent brain (or at least I think I have one).

Of course, working too little just has as much pressure as working too hard. Deadlines often add up and tower you with their imminent coming, but that’s just going to be another sleepless night: life goes on. I may not know a lot of people having trouble dealing with their anime addiction, but to those who are, to help you (perhaps, or to help myself by seeing it in print), here are some of my techniques in coping with this addiction that sometimes has a lot of irksome effects.

  • You may have your different religions, but it’s best to believe in some of the precepts of Buddhism. One of them is that to avoid suffering, be desireless. Of course, as that is humanly impossible, remove those desires that irk you a lot. If you’re concerned about school, try to underachieve. It may look bad on paper, but I promise you that it helps a lot in real life. Falling short of a goal is often too painful to bear – that’s the reason why many failures have mental breakdowns: they expected too much of themselves. At least, set realistic goals for yourself. Underachieving may be too much, for others, but it really helps ease the pain. I’ve tried this myself (this semester, I don’t really have excellent grades that my parents were expecting of me, so I just told them that it’s going to be hard, don’t expect too much, etc.) I told myself to relax and not set high goals. The result? I can sleep well at night despite not having studied anything for the next day. I’ve seen a classmate cry just because she studied too hard but fell short of what she expected.

  • Live life at your own pace. Don’t follow the pace that others recommend: that will only bring more suffering and possibly a greater probability of having a nervous breakdown. Relax. Don’t set out to change the world or to win the Nobel Prize. Those are reserved for total geniuses. Relax. There’s only one life to live, and if you work too hard to fail to enjoy yourself, what life have you lived?

  • Live life with no regrets. Look back into your past; learn from it, but don’t regret anything. Don’t get mired with your past mistakes. Always move forward. You cannot change the past. Deal with your life as it is, and have fun in the here and now.

Following these three will make you (perhaps) content with your life and with your addiction. Unless, of course, you want to wean yourself out of it. But if you want to be contented with having fun and being relaxed, there’s the above three. 🙂