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  • Writer's pictureYorgos Karamalegos

Life is Long - Part 1

Updated: Dec 3, 2023

Yoshi Oida sitting with students.

I want to share something meaningful that my dear mentor and friend Yoshi Oida told me during a dinner at a restaurant in Paris.

He expressed that "Life is long," recounting how his collaboration with Peter Brook started when he was 40 and how he wrote his first book at 54. He was 86 years old when he spoke those words to me. When he asked about my age (I was 43 at the time), he mentioned that he had lived twice as long as me and advised me to relax and let life unfold. I have never forgotten this memory.

Since then, I have adopted this mantra in my life. I remind myself that life is like a marathon, not a sprint, and it doesn't follow a straight path.

Sometimes we forget the power of patience and allowing things to happen naturally. We are often told that time is running out and that we must seize every opportunity immediately. However, in the midst of this rush, it is important to take a step back and reflect on our own personal journey.

I don't mean to say that you should stop taking action and become complacent. It's about finding the right balance between having a purpose and being truthful to our essence, while staying open to what life brings. When you trust your own pace, you can pursue your goals with authenticity and clarity.

Remember, your journey is unique, and comparing it to others' timelines will only steal away the joy and fulfillment that come from staying true to yourself.

So, as Yoshi Oida wisely said, "Life is long."

So the invitation here is to let these words resonate within you and remind you that time is on your side. Trust your own pace, and explore a path that brings fulfilment and also reflects who you truly are.

My warmest and most grounded wishes to you all,

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