How “Whisper of the Heart” helped me to overcome depression

There are many reasons I like Whisper of the Heart, but the primary reason is this:

In Shizuku, I see the person I was, the person I am, and the person I want to be.

For two years, I struggled with depression. The reason why is because two years ago, due to two factors — bad grades, and not knowing what I wanted to do with my life — I dropped out of college after my second semester and returned home, in order to discern my vocation.

Depression still rears its ugly head from time to time. But, by and large, I feel I have moved past such feelings. There are a number of reasons why: Support from my family and friends, my Catholic faith, and a desire to make something of my life — to name just three. But, in this post I want to talk about one reason in particular: the 1995 anime film Whisper of the Heart.

I learned the following lessons from Whisper of the Heart which helped me to overcome depression:

Your family wants what’s best for you.

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Be inspired by people, but don’t compare your life to theirs: Ultimately, everyone must walk their own road.

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Following your heart will not be a painless experience.

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We all need help at some point, in some way.

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Every day, go outside of your comfort zone.

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When one door closes…

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…another opens.

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Find out what you want to do…

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…and do it.

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And lastly:

The most seemingly inconsequential events can be the beginning of something beautiful.

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Thank you, Studio Ghibli.

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3 thoughts on “How “Whisper of the Heart” helped me to overcome depression

  1. This post reminds me of one of my favorite anime series: Tamayura. I hadn’t ever compared it to Whisper of the Heart, but the points you bring up made me realize how similar the two are.

    The show is about a young girl, Fuu, who takes up her late father’s hobby, photography, several years after his death. Much like Shizuke, Fuu gets inspiration and support from mentors, friends, and her family as she works at improving her photography.

    It’s worth looking into if you have the time!

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