She’s very different from you. She’s overcome all kinds of obstacles ­and not what you’d call normal obstacles, either. She knows all kinds of things you’re clueless about, she’s experienced a range of emotions you’ve never felt. 

The longer people live, the more they learn to distinguish what’s important from what’s not. She’s had to make a lot of critical decisions, and has seen the results. Again, very different from you. You’re only a child who’s lived in a narrow world and experienced very little. You’ve worked hard to become stronger, and in some areas you actually have. 

That’s a fact. But now you find yourself in a new world, in a situation you’ve never been in before. It’s all new to you, so no wonder you feel confused.”

– Oshima, Kafka on the Shore – Murakami


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