Two young boys who want to make their dream come true. Doing everything in their power to realize what they want to achieve. They will reach their goal at all cost, even if it means losing touch with society.
Bakuman was a well made story that was presented quite well. It portrayed a sugar coated story of two young men trying to fulfill their dream. And in some way it felt like an advertisement to show how beautiful manga-companies can be. Risking it all for their writers and making them feel as good as possible. Of course I don’t have inside information on the world of manga, but in Bakuman it is depicted exceptionally heartwarming.
But that was not the topic I wanted to bring up in this post. Bakuman touched a subject I think many face at some point in life. Deciding if you will realize your dream or spend your time on less productive activities. Of course putting effort in realizing your dreams is no shame. But will you give everything to realize your dream? Will something else be just as rewarding?
Working till you drop isn’t the salvation for your problems. It may be a way to fulfill your dream, but it will devour the other side of life. The life of social interaction and merging in society. Bakuman showed that they put so much effort into working for their manga, they almost lost touch with society. Trivializing friends and family. Interestingly enough they found time to have a healthy relationship with their loved ones despite their work mentality. Of course this can be a cultural attitude where the border between work and private life is more faded.
Finding a healthy balance between work and private life can be tricky, but can help you cope with different stages in life. Reaching the realization that you are close to fulfilling your dream but destroying your private life is a border nobody wants to cross.