We started off talking about “serious running” and what that means and many of us wrote about how what “serious running” means is personal and varied for each person. In this same vein, Murakami proclaims that it’s important he be remembered as the guy who “never walked.” It seems that --to him-- walking is a symbol of giving up and not taking your pursuit seriously. It’s a vocalization of his minimum standards for himself, in life and in athletics.
As we wrap up this book, what are our standards that we hold ourselves to? What do we want to have written on our tombstones to hold ourselves accountable similar to Murakami’s “At least he never walked”? What’s the bar that you set for yourself?
Lastly, we’d love to hear any general feedback you have on the book. Did you love it? Hate it? Anything we can do to make bookclub better next month? Thanks!