Wasabi Stories vol.23: “It Seems Easy to Like Yourself but It’s Difficult”



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It is a Japanese famous person’s story extracted from the NIKKEI news paper.

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“It Seems Easy to Like Yourself but It’s Difficult”

Today’s story teller is a screenwriter Miho Nakazono. Her story focused on “parenting”.

When she got pregnant, it was the forth year after she started screenwriter career. She was 34 years old.

During her pregnancy, because she was going to be an unmarried mother, she worried but talked to the baby in her belly, “It’s going to be fine; it’ll be fun here where you come along” as if she told herself.

She vividly remembers the moment she first saw the baby son in the delivery room.

She writes his eyes looked like asking “you told me there is gonna be a lot of fun here, is it true?”

So she strongly felt that she has to be happy to make him happy.

At that time, she was writing various scripts for TV drama, and objectively she looked fulfilled but before she had son, she hated herself but through the experience of parenting, she start liking herself.

She says “before I became mother, I refused to write serial TV drama because I wouldn’t have time to have fun. When something bad happened, I drank and blame on others. I was avoiding from ‘fighting with real swords’ but I couldn’t do that after I had son. To feed him, I challenged to write serial TV drama. There was a time when I couldn’t write and I was crying with me baby in my arms at a desk. By getting over one by one, I gradually feel confident of and start liking myself.”

The NIKKEI Jan/13/2009 by Miho Nakazono (screenwriter)


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