“I’m sorry the order of what I’ve said has gotten all mixed up.
I’ll talk about myself.
Actually, I’m extremely frustrated by having to be myself. Not by my looks or ability or position. Just by my being myself. I feel it’s extremely unfair.
Now please don’t get the idea from this that I am a very frustrated person. I’ve never once complained about my job or salary. Sure, my job is pointless, but so are most jobs. And money’s not a big problem.
Let me be more precise.
I want to be in two places at once. This is my one and only desire. Besides this I have no other desires.
But this separate entity known as me gets in the way of this desire. Don’t you think this is a very unhappy fact? This desire of mine is a modest one, I think. It’s not that I want to be the leader of the world or an artistic genius. Or to fly through the air. I just want to exist in two places at once. Not three or four, you understand, just two. While listening to an orchestra in a concert hall, I want to roller-skate. While being the head of a department store’s merchandise control, I want to also be a McDonald’s Quarter Pounder. While sleeping with my girlfriend, I want to be sleeping with you. While being an individual, I also want to be a universal.”—Haruki Murakami (via ohfaith)