40歳のためのこれから術 (Giving Your 40s a Brand New Start), is a book by Matsuura Yataro (松浦彌太郎). I had seen this book several times at the bookstore and often pondered upon whether or not it was too early to be reading about the 40s. However, after finishing this read, I realised that there are some meaningful advices that I can start heeding even now.
It seems that life is one long journey divided into two halves - the first being before 40 and the second, after 40. As we begin our first half of the journey with nothing, we slowly accumulate whatever we can and perhaps without realizing at times, that we are giving lesser than we take. We also desire more, and eventually come to feel that we have too many things in life to care about. With this, it seems impossible to begin the second half of the journey fresh and light.
Perhaps we should start learning the etiquette of giving and giving more, rather than giving and taking because the lighter our baggages are, the further we can walk.