“Each shave lies a philosophy”, Somerset Maugham once put. Interestingly, interpreted in some way by a writer and runner Haruki Murakami as “No matter how mundane some action might appear, keep at it long enough and it becomes a contemplative, even meditative act”.

In a certain age of life, we might try to figure out what kind of life we would like to manage and lead. There could be hardly any other questions like this to question our life meaning. For Haruki Murakami, writing and running have composed most of his life and they are where the meaning lies. In his book “What I Talk about When I Talk about Running”, through a progressive self-questioning and interactive dialogue with his minds and his body, he shares some life quotes underlying his smooth streams of consciousness.

Both writing and running, for him, are his options to make a difference in life: not to win, but to tap his full potential. As he says, “Most runners run not because they want to live longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest.” Running, as an option at his full willingness, for most of people, can be a suffering adventure rather than a joyful experience. However, he shares his philosophy in this way, “Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.”

For sure, our minds decide the processing of the external impacts on us, sorrowful or grateful, pessimistic or optimistic. We lead a sort of life which can be decrypted by our own interpretations. It means that “If you’re young and talented, it’s like you have wings”. If we have the power to exert our efforts to challenge our status quo and be ourselves when in solitude, tapping to the utmost potential could not be something unachievable or inaccessible.

Here is another saying which inspired me to practice something early in the morning:

“I’ll be happy if running and I can grow old together.”


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