So I heard a lot of people were upset that Haru changed his mind so quickly and that he did change his mind in the first place.
But you know what? I honestly don’t think he ever changed his mind.
Let’s start with figuring out why Haru didn’t want to go pro. It may seem like the reason is “because I only swim for my friends”. That may be kind of true, but it doesn’t make an argument by itself. That, and the fact that Haru always used to say that he swims because he likes it and has no intentions of swimming competetively show us the real reason why he didn’t want to swim professionally: because he thought that going pro equals not having fun swimming anymore. He never really CONSIDERED the fact that being a professional swimmer might be fun too. That’s why I think we shouldn’t say like he really hated the idea. He just didn’t really know what going pro means.
And however you look at it, Haru doesn’t really have any passions other than swimming. Sure, he can draw, he can cook, but does he truly love doing it? No, I don’t think so. He loves swimming, but only for fun. That’s why when the time came when he had to decide what to do with his future, he had no idea what he wanted to do. What job could he possibly do to be happy? The time is ticking and he can’t figure it out. Also all his friends are trying to get him into professional swimming, which he hasn’t considered from the start.
And now here we are in Australia, where Haru realised two important things.
First this guy, who may seem like and unimportant extra, played a significant role. It was literally the first time Haru have seen a professional swimmer. And it turned out that all he thought about going pro was wrong. Professional swimming isn’t in fact just trying to be faster than your rivals. It’s also about the love for swimming. He saw the Australian pro having fun and he realised that he as well could have fun while swimming conpetetively.
And this. This is the moment where Haru acknowledges something that has been obvious to everyone but himself: HE LOVES SWIMMING MORE THAN ANYNTHING. Swimming is his only genuine passion. He has always been doing it and he wants to do it in the future. He wants to swim. Nothing else.
IT’S NOT ABOUT “SEEING A POOL AND SUDDENLY REALISING MY LIFE GOAL”. IT’S ABOUT UNDERSTANDING WHAT YOU LOVE AND WHAT YOU WANT TO DO. HE DIDN’T CHANGE HIS MIND ALL OF SUDDEN. HE REALISED THAT DEEP DOWN, THIS IS WHAT HE ALWAYS WANTED TO DO. HE WANTED TO SWIM. AND THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH TURNING YOUR PASSION INTO A JOB.