All too familiar with all the things he had done or not done in his life, novelist Keiichiro Hirano had trouble accepting himself as a “good” or a “bad” person, until he realized that maybe he was a bit more complicated than that.
"Both of my parents were very successful. So I was taught a lot about success growing up, but I wasn’t taught a lot about happiness. For example, I realized recently that I don’t have any photographs with my friends from college." "Are you saying you didn’t have any moments in college worth photographing?" "No, there were plenty of moments. But I never felt the need to capture them. I was so busy trying to be the best, I never really paused to appreciate what I had."
"I’m not too emotional of a guy. People say I have a good heart, but they’re wrong. I have principles. The heart is a fickle thing. There’s no way I can love everybody. So I’m not even going to try. But I can respect everyone whether I love them or not. And that I try to do."
"What was the happiest moment of your life?" "When I graduated from basic training in the Air Force." "What was the toughest part of basic training?" "Probably just putting mind over matter. Some people take it too personally when they’re getting yelled at. You have to take a step back and say: ‘It’s part of the training. These people don’t know me.’"