Whisper of the Heart

Directed by: Yoshifumi Kondo

Written by: Hayao Miyazaki

If You Listen Closely to the Whispers of Your Heart, what does it tunes you with?

A simple life for all the children, how wonderful it is to dream and believe we can conquer everything at a young age. However, growing up, we lose that momentum, energy and spirit. Maybe we were dreaming or wishful thinking that life is too beautiful, and it is such a waste to forego any dream that holds our potential happiness. But, practicality and reality sweeps in like a wind gushing us into the cold snares of what ifs and could have beens. We regret. We fail. We become restless, heartless and more selfish as we fear every day/ It is so ironic how we demand to grow up, impatiently wanting a life of our own and trying to be courageous to seem respectful, yet we later on realize that the freedom we once had, being a child, is much more meaningful. What do the whispers say? That is the quest we live to understand, a reminder in every choice, and a consolation that we have lived this far.

All my memories gather ‘round her
Miner’s lady, stranger to blue water
Dark and dusty, painted on the sky
Misty taste of moonshine, teardrop in my eye

Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong
West Virginia, mountain mama
Take me home, country roads

I hear her voice in the mornin’ hour, she calls me
The radio reminds me of my home far away
Drivin’ down the road, I get a feelin’
That I should’ve been home yesterday, yesterday

— Country Road

A geography student navigating life to where she should have always been.