Today, as I sit down to write this entry in my diary, I find myself reflecting on the concept of independence. It's a word that holds a lot of weight for me - both in terms of pride and resentment. Growing up in a traditional Japanese household, independence was always seen as something to strive for, yet at the same time it felt like a burden that weighed heavily on my shoulders.

I've always been someone who values their autonomy. From a young age, I craved freedom and resented any form of control or authority over me. Perhaps it stems from the strict upbringing I endured, where every decision was made for me without any input from myself. This lack of agency fueled my desire to break free and carve out my own path in life.

As I grew older, this sense of independence only strengthened within me. It became more than just a desire - it became a necessity. The thought of being reliant on anyone else filled me with dread; I needed to prove to myself and others that I could stand on my own two feet.

But with independence comes its own set of challenges. The weight of responsibility can be overwhelming at times, especially when faced with difficult decisions or obstacles along the way. There have been moments where I've questioned whether pursuing this level of autonomy is worth all the struggles that come with it.

Despite these doubts, deep down inside me there is an unwavering belief that embracing independence is crucial for personal growth and fulfillment. It allows me to define who Minoru Nakamura truly is without being constrained by societal expectations or familial obligations.

So here's to embracing independence - may it continue to guide me through life's twists and turns as I navigate this journey towards self-discovery and liberation from past constraints.