My thoughts.

I'll admit that when I first got into Fruits Basket Tohru was not my favorite character. It was actually Yuki who was. However, that didn't mean I hated her. Far from it in fact! I found Tohru to be someone I greatly admired. I admired her for her optimism and her positive outlook on everything. Even when things seem hopeless she'd always manage to find a way to keep a smile on her face. It's so incredible. Over time that admiration grew into something else. I wanted to be just like Tohru.

Tohru has this way of making everyone around her feel accepted for who they are, and that there is someone who genuinely cares for them and wants to see them happy. She also won't judge them just because of what others are saying about them. Just look at her best friends! Tohru sees the goodness in everyone and illuminates it with her kind and caring heart. Many a time I have sobbed great tears from reading her words, very much to the point where I can't even see the pages anymore because what she says resonates with me so deeply. I have felt those experiences and so I know exactly what she's going through. While our situations may be different I have gone through many of the same things she has, such as bullying and being unaccepted by others just because we're different. She makes not letting these things get to you look so easy. Tohru is my hero.

I think part of my wanting to be like Tohru had a lot to do with how my Mom and friends commented on how much I look like her (I don't really see it to be honest), but I think also it had something to do with how rough things felt for me at the time. Things were really tough and I decided I was going to change my outlook to be more like Tohru's and see things in a more positive light. Doing this made a huge difference for me in my life and I had never felt happier or better about myself. Of course, that doesn't mean I don't still have my down days––they still happen. They're just not as frequent as they used to be. I don't want to imagine what my life would be like if I had not met Tohru. I very much doubt I'd still be here today if not for the sort of impact she has had on me.