What I talk about when I talk about Hiking

“I’m free, I think. I shut my eyes and think hard and deep about how free I am, but I can’t really understand what it means. All I know is that I’m totally alone. All alone in an unfamiliar place, like some solitary explorer who’s lost his compass and his map. Is this what it means to be free? I don’t know, and I gave up thinking about it. – Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore.

Haruki Murakami, I can read quotes from his books all day long. Or just read his books over and over again. I can’t help thinking “wow” and “yes, it’s like that indeed” by every single sentence. I really love the way he puts words, thoughts and feelings together in strange stories.

“Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart.” – Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore.

“It’s like Tolstoy said. Happiness is an allegory, unhappiness is a story.” – Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore.

“Lost opportunities, lost possibilities, feelings we can never get back. That’s part of what it means to be alive. But insides our heads -at least that’s where I imagine it- there’s a little room where we store those memories. A room like the stacks in this library.  And to understand the workings of our own hearts we have to keep on making new reference cards. We have to dust things off every once in a while, let in fresh air, change the water in the flower vases. In other words, you’ll live forever in your own private library.” – Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore.

Dreams, reality, memories, fantasy and parallel worlds. They seem so real. They feel real, so are they? I recognize myself and my way of thinking in his words and in his characters. Murakami is an huge inspiration for me and inspiration is one of the most important things that keeps me going.

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