Made with love by Al Kristopher
Self-reliance. Why bother going to school when she already knew that truth? Self-reliance. To rely on one's self. To come up out of the pit on your own strength, with your own ropes and levers. She probably fashioned them herself, to boot. Self-reliance. She didn't want it, she liked being dependent, but she didn't have a choice. When her mother and father were killed in that plane crash, the only person she had to rely on was herself-and of course, from time to time, her dearest and closest friend Shinozaki. But for the majority of her life, Makoto L. Kino was self-reliant.
Hence, her strength. The girl's heart and will was something; her body was another deal. Being self-reliant, independent, for ten years or so forced her to grow up, to bulk up, to become this damsel that was never in distress. She vowed to earn her strength because being self-reliant, independent, meant that you had to be strong enough to take care of yourself. Makot