People comment that they are shocked about my comfort with myself and my challenges. I wonder if this is a part of Japanese culture that’s not well known.
The Japanese are known as accomplishment-oriented and very hard on ourselves. That’s not untrue.
But when you look at Japanese cartoons, movies, and TV drama, the heroes/heroins don’t just have struggles. The struggle is the central story. (And, often, a strong, highly-accomplished female heroin comes in to rescue them, but that’s a discussion for another day)
Having what others perceive as flaws does not affect my self-worth one bit. In fact, it adds to it.