“I was a typical Japanese man until I was 43, when I had a stroke. I could have died. So that really changed my perspective on how to live my life. I started to appreciate the little things in life more, like a clear blue sky, for example. I learned how to say good morning to my family and show them affection. It changed me completely. I also began to notice how sad people looked while riding the train. Nobody’s smiling. People seem to endure work all day, leaving their feelings and emotions home. They work hard to the point of exhaustion then go home. Rinse and repeat. People seem to have forgotten how to have fun. Even my son noticed the despair on people’s faces while commuting to work on the train. Adults like myself should show young people that life is fun. We are human beings with emotions. We shouldn’t forget about that.”

病気した後に、退院して、仕事に復帰したので、通勤したときに、前は気がつかなかったが、電車の中で周りの人誰も笑ってない。これはいかんと思った。それと当時高校生の息子に「大きくなったら何なりたい?どんな仕事したい?」と言ったんですけど。彼も電車で高校に通ってたんですが、「なんか電車に乗ってる大人みんな笑ってないもん」と言われた事あって。やっぱり大人が「人生って楽しいよ」という事を示さないとダメだなと思って。まぁいきなりみんながやると気持ち悪いと思うので僕からでも始めれば(一人からでも始めれば)周りが少しでも変わるかなと思いました。

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