“Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live forever.”
A few years ago, after the Winter Olympics
Ms. Nao Kodaira, a speedskater
introduced the words as her favorite motto.
the words became my motto as well.
Wish I could live this way
without fervor or pretentiousness
like the young speedskater.
Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live forever.
(July ６, 2021)
Teruko Yamakawa (translator)