Updated: Aug 11, 2019
“Why should I fear death? If I am, then death is not. If Death is, then I am not. Why should I fear that which can only exist when I do not?"
It's easy to get lost in a mental river of our faults and flaws. The ego is great at boosting and bullshitting us. Whether for better or worse. To believe our own lies however, is the surest path to stagnation. Always remain faithful to truth and wisdom, regardless of your personal feelings about the issue. This is why counseling and apprenticeship plays such a key role in all human civilization. A close friend that will be honest with you is 100x more important than popularity and mass appeal. And a student dishonors their teacher by not practicing what they preach.
Gaining a level in any arena requires laser-precise focus. The more observant and adaptable opponents I have faced have been my most difficult fights. Raw emotion, power, and speed can be easily mitigated. Muay Thai teaches control through playfulness and light-heartedness, building a dangerous facade. You can almost mistake it for laziness and weakness. A calm, cool, collected mindset is always higher functioning. Think about your car's engine. You don't just ride around doing 120 on the freeway, redlining it like a new Fast & Furious movie. (Maybe?)
Keep to your path and do not get in your own way. The universe took 13 billion years to create you. Or like 6 days... Regardless of the start, you're a miracle of biology and spirit now. You have the eyes and mind to effect your own destiny. You can change the future for yourself and those around you. That's a huge responsibility, but that's what makes it worth taking on.
There are more cells in your human body than there are stars in the galaxy. Don't short change God's gift to you. Even Jesus forgot he was eternal while on the cross for a moment. I'm not a religious nut or anything. More like a Buddhist pagan raised as a Christian. I think it's just important to highlight that these stories have been with us for thousands of years for a reason. We should probably keep the ideas in them alive in our homes and hearts.