From what I saw after episode 9, Haru is basically telling the world not to tell him how to live his life. My heart still aches for the boy seeing that he’s being put under so much pressure
"Haru you should go pro!"
"There are so many scouts contacting you, Haru! Go for it!"
He doesn’t care about the media or any of that fame
He cares about his friends and that’s all that matters to him
I swim for myself and for my friends!
In other words,
I represent myself and my family
His words just stabbed me in the heart, telling me “I’m sorry I’m not what you want me to be”
And this is totally understandable in real life situations when it comes to peer pressure
"My son/daughter will become a lawyer/doctor/whatever to make our family proud"
The thing that makes a family proud of their little wonder is the fact that they’re being themselves and they achieve whatever they want to achieve
Pleasing others to meet their expectations makes you feel like you’re their little play thing to be shown and auctioned off to the world
It makes them feel inconsiderate of others’ feelings
Dear world, please stop treating Haru like he’s your little toy to be played with
And this is where Rei’s Words of Reisdom from episode 7 come into play
Just be yourself and explore the world the way you want to explore, not how others want you to explore
You’re there to live freely and represent yourself and your family
You have your own pair of eyes and you see things differently than everyone else
Your you have your own pair of eyes that sees that path that you’ll take in the future
What do you want to do? What pleases you the most? What makes you happy? What do you see down the road that you plan on taking? What will you take?
Having people telling you to excel in one thing because they see how talented you really are in it is like getting one phone call in jail
There are many things to do in the world that you can excel in
Whether it’s in the medical world, art world, sports world, anything
You can do anything once you put your mind to it
More from Nagisa in episode 5
Please note the difference between should and could
What his teammates say: Haru could go pro if he wanted to. We’re not forcing him to do it; he can freely go about and try out many things, not just one thing
What the outside world says: Haru should go pro because he’s one of the best swimmers out there and it would be amazing if he went pro
Just like the bird Haru often sees throughout the show
“Because even the bird that we always see flying implying Haru’s freedom, you can never bound a bird, they’ll always want to be free. You can’t contain them.” (tokatheghoul)
Side note: Whatever’s broken down can be rebuild into something more beautiful than ever before
It builds character, yo