I started university at age 15. I was obviously just a kid but I remember being obsessed with Dragonball that all my notebooks had the opening themesong written in english on every first page.
Nothing’s changed many years later, I’m still a big Dragon Ball fan, and with Goku finally mastering the Ultra Instinct technique in Dragon Ball Super, I can’t help but be super proud lol! I’m sure some people reading this will say “what’s a grown woman going on about a 2D character?”
The Dragon Ball series is all about “evolution” and having a never give up attitude, and while Goku focuses on getting stronger, he does so in a manner wherein he doesn’t compare his progress with other people, he just works his ass off to get stronger. Even when he is already considered the strongest fighter on earth, he doesn’t get complacent. He understands that the universe is big, and that there are many fighters that exist somewhere way stronger than him. Instead of just accepting that fact/theory, he challenges himself, and continues to push his limits. Yes he gets frustrated when his opponent is stronger, but he doesn’t get jealous or play dirty. Rather, he acknowledges the strength of the person he is fighting, and works on improving himself.
Something that we can all practice as well. Everyday we get bombarded with images on social media highlighting things that we lack, or things that we want but we dont have, and sometimes we end up comparing ourselves to other people which is very unhealthy.
What we see on social media is not a complete representation of someone’s life. Most of the time, we only show what we want people to see and it’s quite understandable since part of social media etiquette is to not expose our dirty laundry online. Therefore it follows that we mostly see the good or the perfect images, curated and most likely filtered. It doesn’t mean that that persons life is perfect, on the contrary, it could be far worse than yours. And if their life is truly perfect, be happy for them.
We are all unique and we have our own strengths and weaknesses. Instead of putting other people down, or getting jealous on what other people have, let’s all be like Goku, and just keep working on becoming the best version of ourselves.
It goes back to self love.
Instead of focusing on other people, or caring too much on what other people say, focus on your strengths, focus on the things you love, focus on things you can improve. Take up a new hobby, and don’t give up straight away if it seems hard at first. It doesn’t matter if other people think what you’re doing is not cool or not hip, as long as you are enjoying yourself and you’re not hurting someone else in the process. Just do it! I once encountered a group of ladies in a knitting conference and they were having the time of their lives. Focus on your own journey and don’t compare your progress, and cherish the little victories you make along the way.
If you focus on improving your skills, your mind doesn’t have any room to wander into negative spaces.
I mentioned here before that one of my hobbies is painting, but before I could paint, or could afford to buy painting materials, I used to draw on the back cover of stationeries or on ordinary bond papers. I didn’t own any sketchbooks but I had a folder with clear plastic inserts where I keep/display my A4 size drawings, it was like my little portfolio. I didn’t have proper tools to colour my drawings but I never complained. I made do with what I have and they still turned out fine. To this day, as much as I am proud of my huge paintings, I still treasure my humble old drawings from over 20 years ago as they remind me of how far I’ve come.
Just like Goku, I too have evolved.