Dear Mr Murakami,
I'm a girl from China, who is also a devoted fan of yours.sorry I can't write in Japanese, but I do hope you can take a look at my letter. Thank you for your time.
I think I am the typical kind of girl who is always among the best students in class and do everything "normally and correctly" . I always meet my parents expectations and have always been their pride. But I, on the contrary, feel increasingly isolated in my family. I like books, music and movies. But none in my family has the hobby as I do. My parents are decent people in their generation indeed, but their value, as I see it, is quite different from mine. All they want for me is to be admitted to a fine university and get married to someone(better if he is rich) and probably have a child. But I want to be a doctor, which means I should spend at least 10 years in university and I want to devote myself to things I like. And I have always wanted to study abroad, to see the world while I was still young. However, my mom is very unhappy with my thoughts, she uses every chance she can to persuade me out of my "intentions" and forces me to become more "realistic".
I don't want to quarrel with my parents who raised me, but I can't seem to actually have a conversation with them. Sometimes I even doubt that are my "dreams" really too childish? Maybe they are indeed. Anyway, I am quite puzzled these days.
Acknowledging the newly-opened website of yours, I sincerely hope you can give me your opinion on this. I admire your works and your perspective to view the world.
Thank you for reading this letter! I understand if you see it as a teenage girl's nonsense, but I'm looking forward to your reply anyway!
Best wishes to you and your dearest cats.
Thank you for your mail. I understood your current situation very clearly.
Your description of yourself is accurate enough.
You have your own dream and you want to pursue it. You also think you will be able to achieve it. On the other hand your parents have a different kind of dream or plan for you, which you don't like. I don't think this is "a teenage girl's nonsense" at all. I think you are a very smart girl and what you are saying makes perfect sense to me.
I think what you have to do is to persuade your parents very patiently. It might take time, but it's worth doing it. I know it would not be the easiest thing in the world to do. Your parents are much stronger than you. And they must be more confident. Be patient. Explain your dream over and over. You are young and you have many years ahead of you. Follow your dream.