“Everyone has flaws. No one can judge me until they get to know me. I’ve been through a lot. I’m about to turn 28. I’ve been on my own since I was 16. I’ve been kind of homeless for a long time. I was incarcerated for almost three years.”
“Car chase. On my birthday. I made the moves and everything. It was like a movie. So I’ve been through a lot. Right now I’m at a transitional house, like a group home. I live in a room by myself. And I work at a dry cleaner. That’s about it.”
“How did you become homeless so young?”
“My mother kicked me out of the house. I was being a bad boy, I was coming home late, I was smoking weed. It’s their house, so if you don’t go by their rules and regulations, eventually they’re going to kick you out. I went to my cousin’s house and lived with him for a while. I went to a shelter when I was 17. Then I rented a room, then I was in a program, then got incarcerated on and off for two and a half years, then I lived with my mother for a little bit, then got into this group home where I live now.”
“What’s the next step?”
“They’re trying to give me independent housing. I’m waiting for that. I have somewhat of a mental disability; I’m bipolar. It’s not that serious, but I’ve been to psychiatric units. My struggle kind of messed with me mentally. Being homeless messes with you. You start to act differently. You don’t care about life. You think you’re hopeless. But there’s hope. You just have to keep a positive attitude and move forward.”
“Do you regret anything you’ve done, or do you think you’ve learned from it?”
“I don’t regret anything. It’s part of destiny. You go through it and you learn from it. You can either stay where you are and keep doing the same thing or you try to get better. These are my experiences. They’ve made me who I am today. I’m not proud or arrogant, but everything happens for a reason. I actually converted to Islam in jail. I used to be gang affiliated, but I changed my life for the better. So you’re going to write all this?”
"Yes. Do you mind?"
"No, but I would like you to include religion in there because there is a misconception about Islam. People think Islam is about violence. It’s not. It’s about peace and equality, and trying to do good and help people. The people who do violent things in the name of Islam go against it. It says in the Quran that if you kill one person, it’s the same as killing humanity. I became more of a humble person, more of a people person; I became more relaxed, more patient, more grateful. I know I was bad, but the worst people can become the best people.”
It belongs not to those who wait, but to those who seek.
It belongs not to those who suffer, but to those who endure.”
Tulisan ini adalah tulisan penyeimbang terhadap tulisan yang pernah saya tulis di 17 Maret 2012 : Mother Complex
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- PS. English is not my first language, so please go easy on me. Kurobas Cup really made me appreciate all the seiyuus. This part especially made me love them even more.
- OnoD: Hello. I'm Ono Daisuke-Midorima Shintarou role. And..
- Tatsun: I'm Suzuki Tatsuhisa-Takao Kazunari role.
- OnoD: So, Kurobas Cup 2013 Day part just finished.
- Tatsun: Yes, and we're now in a break time.
- OnoD: You're sitting quite close to me.
- Tatsun: Because they said we could take a break.
- OnoD: Well yeah. By the way, I just thought Takao and OLD CODEX's Tatsun are completely different!
- Tatsun: Surprisingly I handled it quite well.
- OnoD: Yeah you do.
- Tatsun: Right.
- OnoD: It must be tough.
- Tatsun: Yeah.
- OnoD: We were talking at the backstage about how it must be difficult changing between two roles. You have to act as Takao, perform as OLD CODEX, and then come back as Takao again.
- Tatsun: I felt uneasy When I had to act as Takao after performing as OLD CODEX. It's like I already turned the switch on. And after I performed two songs, I felt I could perform more, so the feeling lingers. It's the same as when I perform as Takao.
- OnoD: Even so, you properly performed "Field of View" as Takao, then performed as OLD CODEX. I was awed watching from the backstage.
- Tatsun: But Shin-chan's "Destiny" was also something else.
- OnoD: Also, Thanks.
- Tatsun: Oh, for the birthday. No need to thank me, since it was for Shin-chan.
- OnoD: I was happy.
- Tatsun: And that is also a kind of "destiny".
- OnoD: Yeah.. I got goosebump.
- Tatsun: It's such a great song. I really love it.
- OnoD: You know, it's not common to get your character's birthday celebrated.
- Tatsun: Yeah, that hardly happens.
- OnoD: Also, Midorima himself.. Shintarou-kun is a shy boy and bad at expressing his feelings, so let me say this once again. Thank you so much everyone. I was really happy. Well, I think Midorima who is bad at expressing himself and Takao who says things out loud are a well-balanced pair.
- Tatsun: Yes. They are Shuutoku's Light and Shadow.
- OnoD: Shuutoku's Light and Shadow... I'm shadow!?
- Tatsun: I'm shadow.
- OnoD: then I'm Light?
- Tatsun: Yes.
- OnoD: That doesn't sound so bad. Yeah... They are good characters. With the night part left, We are also looking forward to having fun as much as you are. Please look forward to it.
- Tatsun: And to you who are watching this DVD, Thank you. Have fun.