Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.
Youth means a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity of the appetite, for adventure over the love of ease. This often exists in a man of sixty more than a body of twenty. Nobody grows old merely by a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals.
Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, fear, self-distrust bows the heart and turns the spirit back to dust.
Whether sixty or sixteen, there is in every human being’s heart the lure of wonder, the unfailing child-like appetite of what’s next, and the joy of the game of living. In the center of your heart and my heart there is a wireless station; so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, courage and power from men and from the Infinite, so long are you young.
When the aerials are down, and your spirit is covered with snows of cynicism and the ice of pessimism, then you are grown old, even at twenty, but as long as your aerials are up, to catch the waves of optimism, there is hope you may die young at eighty.
I think that the most effective way to start writing music is to stack music blocks and make them intellectually related to each other. Such musical blocks, such as phrases and motives, are materials for building various types of larger units that are structurally necessary.
In this way, contrast and diversity are expressed persistently, and the requirements for logicality, consistency, and intelligibility are met.
p.s. Visiting Gifu during a Tour from April 4 to 5, 2020. I visited Mt. Dainitigatake, Hida-Takayama, A River Bank of Hida River, Jofuku-ji Temple, Zensho-ji Temple, Gasho Village of Gero Onsen, and Mino Shirakawa.
I don’t think that reading a book is not enough to know the new movements in the world. Information from yourself is much better.
To be inspired by yourself, it is important not to live routinely. It is better not to go through the same course at all times, even if you are going to and from the company. We tend to decide on the cheapest way or the fastest way soon. That is efficiency.
New jobs are steadily increasing. Touching those things will always be interesting to you, the only thing you don’t understand is that you’re stuck in a mold and closed your mind, like a piece of wood or a piece of machinery components.
① Enter a new company as much as possible.
② Be transferred to a new business as much as possible.
③ Always try to learn something new.
If you keep these things in your mind, I think it will be fun to be in the organization.
If you want to work for an organization that has few inconsistencies, it is probably best to work for an organization. The world may not be very good, but if you enter a new company or a new business, you will most likely suffer the least.
If you are unfortunately in a famous large company or a long-established store, I think it’s best to have them work on a new job as much as possible.
However, there are many cases where it will eventually become larger than the mainstream and become the new mainstream. I think you all know that well. The story of a larger subsidiary and the merger of parent company over time has filled the world.
If the 2020s are an era of change, there will be many such things, and there will be opportunities to strive to do so. It is impossible to find only so-called large companies and mainstream. I think it may be a good way of life.
Also, famous large corporations and stable large organizations are insensitive to the movement of the world. There is no need to listen to the voice of the world because it is stable, and if it accumulates, one day it will come and shock.