“Like Yourself – What Does That Mean?”

Fruits Basket is one of my most favourite animés. It’s sweet, it’s inspiring and it changed my view of life.

There was always something in an episode which I could relate to. And that’s why I love it so much. The most amazing thing is to find there is somebody else out there who really understands your feelings.

A bit of background info on the quote (below): This quote is spoken after a character (Kisa), who has chosen to lock away all her words due to bullying, receives a letter from her teacher. The letter essentially says “Learn to like yourself so that others can like you too.”

This quote was one that really touched my heart. I do think it’s important to like and be happy with yourself. But it can be difficult to do so, if you don’t believe it. Sometimes, you’ll only start to believe it yourself when others show they believe it in you.

“I… There was a time when I stopped talking. Just like you. My reasons were a little bit different, but I think the feelings of being ashamed of myself and hating myself are the same. Here, it says to “like yourself.” What does that mean? Good things- how are you supposed to find them? I only know things that I hate about myself. But even if you force yourself to find good things, it feels so empty. It doesn’t work that way. People like your teacher just don’t get it. I think when you hear someone say they like you, for the first time, then you can begin to like yourself. I think when someone accepts you, for the first time, you feel like you can forgive yourself a little. You can begin to face your fears with courage.” – Yuki Sohma, Fruits Basket (Japanese version)

I realised how grateful I am for my family and friends for believing in me. And I also realised that it’s important to show that you care for someone. Words, no matter how small, can be powerful things.

Quote from Episode 17: It’s Because I’ve Been Loved That I’ve Become Stronger

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About Lily

Lily is the blogger's name of an overimaginative, positivity-powered, and potentially awkward introvert girl who likes to think she's "quirky" (though it's very possible that she's just plain weird!) She loves music, musical theatre, art & comics, inspirational stories, languages, expressive people and anything that is a little eccentric.
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One Response to “Like Yourself – What Does That Mean?”

  1. Pingback: Learn To Love Ourselves | A Girl of More Words

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