Tadaaki Sun: Liberating Yourself from Subservience to Others


In a cozy corner of a bustling café, I sat down with Tadaaki Sun, a man whose journey from the traditional expectations of his Chinese-Japanese family to the liberating expanses of Canada serves as an inspiring testament to the power of self-discovery. As he sipped his tea, Tadaaki began recounting the transformative moments that led him to break free from the shackles of societal norms and discover his authentic self.

Tadaaki Sun, known for his charismatic presence, began our conversation with a surprising revelation—his journey to self-liberation started with a Brazilian dance. “It’s a Brazilian dance,” he chuckled, setting the stage for a narrative that would soon unfold into a profound exploration of identity and independence.

The journey into Tadaaki’s world began with a simple question posed by his grandfather: “Who do you respect?” This question, laden with familial expectations, led young Tadaaki to yearn for the affirmation of being a “good boy.” However, the affirmation he sought was elusive in a family where traditional values often overshadowed individuality.

“No one thanks me for who I am, for dressing fancy, for sitting still, for listening to the elders,” Tadaaki shared, his eyes reflecting a mix of vulnerability and resilience. The absence of gratitude for his authentic self left him feeling compelled to conform, always striving to meet the expectations set by others.

Tadaaki painted a vivid picture of his experience in a Japanese hotel with a Chinese family, where the pressure to conform was palpable. “Expect the comeback, sit still,” he recounted, describing the suffocating atmosphere that surrounded him. The disapproving stares from others, judging his inability to conform, only intensified his struggle against subservience.

His quest for personal freedom led him to move to Canada, a decision driven by the desire to break free from the stifling environment that defined his earlier years. In his first job in Canada, Tadaaki’s determination and creativity propelled him beyond the confines of his job description. He even took the bold step of creating a marketing department, demonstrating a commitment to carving his own path.

However, the winds of change blew unfavorably when the management underwent a transformation. Suddenly, Tadaaki found his efforts unrecognized, and he felt the weight of conformity pressing down on him once again. This pivotal moment led him to recognize the need for a reset button in his life.

Life, in its mysterious ways, responded to Tadaaki’s plea for a reset in a manner he least expected. A traumatic incident while cycling left him with a traumatic brain injury and a hemorrhage. The prognosis was grim, with doctors predicting a two-year recovery period that would confine him to the solitude of his home, filled with painkillers and restrictions.

However, Tadaaki’s resilient spirit saw an opportunity for liberation in the face of adversity. Rather than succumbing to the prescribed path of recovery, he saw a two-year window of freedom—an opportunity to redefine his life. “Maybe you’re telling me for the next two years I don’t have any rules and restrictions at all,” he pondered, contemplating the untapped potential within this unexpected turn of events.

Defying medical advice, Tadaaki rejected the prescription and embarked on a journey of self-discovery. With a team of therapists by his side, he navigated not only the physical challenges but also the intricate landscapes of his emotions and authenticity. The connection he forged with these therapists provided him with a sanctuary where he could genuinely express himself, unburdened by the expectations of others.

Tadaaki’s recovery, much swifter than anticipated, was not merely a triumph over physical symptoms; it marked a profound transformation in his perception of self. For the first time in his life, he experienced genuine connections that allowed him to authentically express his thoughts and emotions. It was this newfound authenticity that became the cornerstone of his self-respect and liberation.

Returning to his grandfather’s question, “Who do you respect?” Tadaaki’s answer had undergone a profound shift. “I respected him for building himself, transitioning from China to Japan. But now I respect myself, my authenticity transitioning from Japan to Canada.” The journey from seeking approval to embracing self-respect marked a seismic shift in Tadaaki’s understanding of his own worth.

In the concluding moments of our conversation, Tadaaki left me with a powerful thought: “Now I get to run around and do what excites me because I let go of my subservience to others.” His journey from a ‘good boy’ yearning for approval to a liberated individual charting his own course serves as an inspiration for those who dare to challenge societal expectations and embrace their authentic selves.

Tadaaki Sun’s story is a testament to the idea that sometimes, it takes a radical departure from the familiar to truly find oneself. His journey invites us to ponder the price of subservience and the boundless possibilities that unfold when one dares to break free from societal constraints. In the dance of life, Tadaaki Sun has found his rhythm, liberated from the expectations of others, and embracing the freedom to be authentically himself.