Perhaps you guys might have noticed that I’ve been talking a lot about my daily life and the problems I’ve encountered after being abruptly tossed into the “real world”. I’ve come to terms that I am now a riajuu and I have to act as such. Let me tell you one thing, guys. Your graduation from a weeb to a riajuu is inevitable, and forcing to delay it will only cause more harm than good.
When I was in high school, I thought that I would be a weeb forever. I would watch anime all day and write about anime. Maybe collect a few figures. I thought I was cool for having something to be passionate about, for standing out of the crowd. I would always have a circle of friends that I would talk to about weeb stuff, and since today’s world is an open world, I wouldn’t care what people thought of me if they saw my FB profile full of 2D cartoon characters. Yeah, that was idiotic past me talking, and now, present me wants to go back in time so bad and kick past me in the fucking balls.
You see guys, no matter how hard you try to stay in the weeb phase, we will all eventually graduate from it. No exception. Maybe not now in high school, maybe not in college, and maybe perhaps not until you’re in your 30s. But it will come someday, whether you like it or not.
Unfortunately for me, my graduation date was six months ago, when I began working. I wasn’t a pleasant transition period, but it was something I had to go through. I couldn’t watch a lot of anime because my workload, I couldn’t find time to write about anime, I couldn’t even attend events any time I wanted because I was so afraid of my boss calling me whenever she needed me for something on the weekends. I even had to cut time with my friends. At the office, I had to leave my weeb side behind, lock it behind a cage, and had to put on this bland corporate mask. I had to like the music my co-workers were listening to, indulge them in talks about pop singers I don’t even know because I listen to Vocaloid all the time, receive awkward stares when I try to be funny and make references to pop culture, and also feel really uneasy whenever a co-worker discovers that I have Hatsune Miku for my wallpaper. Trust me, it was fucking hard.
Now, I think my transition is complete. The rough patches are gone… for now. I still manage to find time to watch anime, I still have some of my old friends, I still have the AV+ Community dudes at my back, and my girlfriend has been a huge help in accompanying me through my quarter-life crisis and weeb-to-riajuu transition process.
But for others, it might not be the same. For those who continuously stall their graduation date, I say, stop doing it. Being an edgy weeb means jack shit in the real world, where you will always be expected to perform and behave like a normal member of society. People won’t get your witty anime references nor will they be understandable that you still watch cartoons and masturbate to 2D girls. They would sure as fuck not “appreciate” your differences, because that’s how society works: they put pressure on everybody to comply by their rules. I’m not saying you have to abandon your identity altogether, but you should at least try to stow it away when you’re in the “real world”. Because the real world is harsh, and it won’t be nicer on you just because you choose to continuously deny your inevitable transition. Even if you happen to work along the lines of Japanese pop culture, you still need to leave your weeb tendencies behind – especially the negative ones – because you have to work together with humans. Normal humans, mostly.
I know I’ve been sounding a bit sad lately, but I really am beat from this “real world” crap. Even two days off a week can’t help me. So, please ignore this if you don’t like depressing posts. Thanks for reading.