Over time, I have noticed that I am increasingly interested in essays and similar forms of literature, as well as in poems, while my interest in novels and fiction has decrease (with a few exceptions). One of my favorite texts is the Hojoki, a Japanese autobiographic text written by Kamo no Chōmei ( 1153 or 1155–1216).
You can find a translation of this text here: http://www.washburn.edu/reference/bridge24/Hojoki.html.
For me, this short text is one of the great works of the world’s literature. This text touches me.
…there is a small boy there. Sometimes he comes to visit me. When I am bored with what I am doing, he may become my companion on the walks I take. He is ten years old and I am sixty. The age difference is great, but the pleasure we take in walking is the same….