Whenever we've done something wrong, we get told off or laughed at, without even being able to apologize, and we end up hating ourselves and despairing about our own lives, again and again and again. It's impossible not to wonder why we were born into this world as human beings at all.
The hardest ordeal for us is the idea that we are causing grief for other people. We can put up with our own hardships okay, but the thought that our lives are the source of other people's unhappiness, that's plain unbearable.
Every single thing has its own unique beauty. People with autism get to cherish this beauty, as if it's a kind of blessing given to us. Wherever we go, whatever we do, we can never be completely lonely. We may look like we're not with anyone, but we're always in the company of friends.
To us people with special needs, nature is as important as our own lives. The reason is that when we look at nature, we receive a sort of permission to be alive in this world, and our entire bodies get recharged. However often we're ignored and pushed away by other people, nature will always give us a good big hug, here inside our hearts.
Then, on the eighth day, this handsome young man appeared. He said to her, "Would you care to dance with me?" With that, the girl stopped dancing. She said, "Thanks, but no. I've just discovered something more precious than dancing." Then, in a small house, they lived happily ever after.
発売から間もない本書は既にレビューも1,000件以上投稿されており、同じく生活関連カテゴリーで日本でもベストセラーの "Lessons from Madame Chic"（邦題『フランス人は10着しか服を持たない』）を上回っている（ちなみ私はこちらもちゃっかり読んだ）。村上春樹の『色彩を持たない…』や『1Q84』が米Amazonで何位まで上りつめたのかは不明だが、この『人生がときめく…』はイタリア語版も伊Amazonで1位、フランス語版は仏Amazonで発売前の予約の段階で6位になったというのだから、国外ではほぼ無名の日本人の著書としては極めて異例のことではないだろうか。