Haruki Murakami: “Pain is inevitable but the Suffering is optional.”

Haruki Murakami: “Pain is inevitable but the Suffering is optional.”

NEW YORK, Nov 2 – In the weeks before the New York City Marathon, as he grappled with shin splints and a sore Achilles’ tendon, the actor Edward Norton fixated on a mantra he had plucked from a book by the Japanese author Haruki Murakami: “Pain is inevitable,” the passage reads. “Suffering is optional.”

Norton was one of several celebrity entrants in a race that has increasingly attracted famous names running for charity, and as he lingered around the finish line early Sunday afternoon, looking upbeat and spry, the concept of suffering appeared far from his mind.

“It surpassed all my expectations in terms of the experience,” Norton said. He finished in 3 hours 48 minutes 1 second. “My shins and Achilles’ were flawless. I got a real lift around Mile 20, and it carried me right through the end. I felt great.”

Read all in Malaysian Insider

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