I highly recommend reading The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. It is famous as a children’s story in Europe. But this is no children’s story. It takes a more mature mind to fully appreciate the deeper themes.
One of the main messages is the importance of sentimentality and placing meaning on things. It is by giving things meaning that we give our very lives meaning.
“I am looking for friends. What does that mean — tame?”
“It is an act too often neglected,” said the fox. “It means to establish ties.”
“To establish ties?”
“Just that,” said the fox. “To me, you are still nothing more than a little boy who is just like a hundred thousand other little boys. And I have no need of you. And you, on your part, have no need of me. To you I am nothing more than a fox like a hundred thousand other foxes. But if you tame me, then we shall need each other. To me, you will be unique in all the world. To you, I shall be unique in all the world….”
“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.”
We should maintain all the good aspects of childishness while removing the bad aspects. Definitely one for reading over and over again because you always pick up something new.