Perhaps his thirties will bring forth a particular kind of levity, a certain kind of serenity and calm. Or perhaps life isn’t meant to contain these absolutes. Perhaps one must sit in the valley to see the beauty of the mountaintop, to appreciate his ascent, to live a purpose-filled life. And perhaps the key is to not live in the valley, but rather, to be aware of why you were there and prepare for the journey ahead.
Joshua Fields Millburn, As a Decade Fades, pg. 268, loc. 3426-3429
by Joshua Fields Millburn
Publication Date: December 25, 2012
Print Length: 284 pages
Publisher: Asymmetrical Press; 5th edition (December 25, 2012) – Kindle Edition
Read from August 07, 2013 to January 08, 2014
My Rating: 4 / 5 stars
This was a difficult book for me at the beginning. At first I didn’t understand the pace of the book with its chapters with song lyrics or news articles from magazines. It was not something I was used to, maybe.
The tone of the book is very melancholic and when I started reading it I thought it was too sad for me. So I abandoned the book for a few months, stopping at around 15%.
I eventually read some more later and thought that maybe I was too judgmental of the book. The story is about Jody Grafton, a singer and songwriter that seemed very real to me, because he has his flaws, uncertainties and is just trying to get along with life.
I was completely hooked by the story at around 40% of the book, and couldn’t put it down until I finished it. It was emotional with hints of sadness but also it had that realization that life is simple and we are the ones who actually complicate it.
The author writes at TheMinimalists.com, a fantastic blog about minimalist lifestyle.
Some of my favorite quotes from the book:
“When I arrived he was doing nothing but looking out the window, observing the moment. He wasn’t texting or talking on a cellphone, he wasn’t preoccupied with the day’s events, he wasn’t hurried to get finished with the interview — he was present. I talked and he listened. I asked questions and he pondered and responded with words that felt like truth.”
“She wanted to make him the man she wanted, and he wanted to be that man without changing.”
“Sometimes we have to get everything we ever wanted before we realize that everything we wanted is not what we wanted at all.”
For the record, I just loved this definition of consumerism:
“…consumption isn’t the problem; compulsory consumption (consumerism) is the problem.”
Saw it at: http://www.theminimalists.com/prison/