A good friend of mine emailed me recently to ask for Miyazaki suggestions for her mother. That got me started thinking about Kiki. Man, I really should watch it (I need to get version with Japanese soundtrack, though. The Cantonese one is fine but not great). I'm pretty much where Kiki was when she "lost" her powers. In fact, my life over the last year parallels Kiki's in uncanny ways. I moved to a town where I had no friends, and had to establish myself and work a real job for the first time of my life. But at some point I hit a snag, and the magic that I had seemed to have disappeared, and I started doubting whether I really had it in the first place. I also didn't know what to do because my "magic", which came so easily to me, was part of my identity; when I couldn't access it, I felt helpless. Actually, I'm still there. So I should watch the movie again. Or get a black cat. Or both.
"Whatever you do, don't fall off the bridge! It'll be a pain to try to get back up again." - Private, DW 8