On experience

Some things we learn only by experience. Bowing, for instance, at 20 is agony; at 30, painful; at 40, merely unpleasant. By 50, however, bowing has become a way of acknowledging one’s own non-perfection, the genuine abilities of others, and is a survival technique without peer. Bowing, in short, is good for the soul; a great safety-valve for ego.