Really Great Life Advice

Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara is a Japanese doctor, and he’s 101 year old. He also has the best life advice. A few of his points, below…

On not having too many rules: “We all remember how as children, when we were having fun, we often forgot to eat or sleep. I believe that we can keep that attitude as adults, too. It’s best not to tire the body with too many rules such as lunchtime and bedtime.”

On material things: “Don’t be crazy about amassing material things. Remember: You don’t know when your number is up, and you can’t take it with you to the next place.”

On big art: My inspiration is Robert Browning’s poem “Abt Vogler.” My father used to read it to me. It encourages us to make big art, not small scribbles. It says to try to draw a circle so huge that there is no way we can finish it while we are alive. All we see is an arch; the rest is beyond our vision but it is there in the distance.

I love his attitude, which is very Japanese and no-nonsense. My late grandfather was also a Japanese scientist, and he walked upwards of 4 miles every single day, up until his very last. You can see more of Hinohara’s advice here.

Photo by Nirav Patel

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