Here’s a Martial Arts Truth that nobody knows.
The truth is that the universe is quite a few billion years old, and that your slice of time in that fleshy thing you call a body is short.
The truth is that the time between birth and death is yours.
So, how do you want to spend it?
No. I don’t think I’ll follow directions. If I follow directions then I am just walking somebody else’s path.
I want my own path, and here is where it gets interesting.
If you follow directions, go to school, train for a job, do a job, and so on…life passes fast and worthless. At least not as worth as it could be.
I think one of the reasons I fell in love with the martial arts was because it was a field in which I could break the rules. I learned martial arts, looked around at what was happening, and found that I was unlimited. Nobody had written a rule book. There were no rules. I could write the rules.
Of course, to do so, I got to learn different martial arts as fast as I could, nobody to slow me down and tell me I was doing it all wrong. And, in this unlimited state, I broke all the rules, made all the mistakes, and found out something interesting: if you make enough mistakes you can stumble on the truth.
Well, that was something they never taught me in school!
So go on, follow the rules. Do what somebody else says, and at the end of the life they might pat you on the head and say ‘good boy.’ At the very least, you get to wear a degree and pat somebody else on the head.
But, whatever you do, don’t think you can go off by yourself, break all the rules, and succeed beyond your wildest dreams. People would frown on that.
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