“Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style or system.”
Today I want to talk about the little things in life.
Everyone is basically living by the experiences and values they grew up with, while trying to be as comfortable as possible. That is a very good instinct, but sometimes it leads us into a rut. Occasionally, trying to live comfortably with only our current methods and the arsenal we have, will put us in undesirable places. Habits form around our repetitive action and we become comfortable, but not satisfied, with our current situation. We will continue to do so until it is unsustainable. At this point it is either perish or adapt. By perish, I don’t necessarily mean “die”, it just means sinking so far into a hole that it becomes too hard to see a way out. People end up being restricted by artificial rules that they have created. Often times, societies as a whole agree on these unwritten rules and bind themselves to mindless conformity that retards the social growth of a nation or a culture; sometimes even the world.
Human, unlike any other animal on Earth, have the power to create, but we also can easily form the habit to settle. We must over-come that habit and develop one of active renewal. If we don’t do that, we’ll end up creating all sorts of illusions and call them reality and live restricted lives. The scariest thing to do is to write something down in stone. Nothing is absolute. Now I am speaking extremely broadly, but I want to get a broad idea across, something to think about. Any established system is fraudulent. The very nature of establishment goes against nature itself and the laws of the universe (gravity, physics, etc, which by the way are the only seemingly established systems, not man-made “establishment”).
To close it off, I’d like to tell a little story about my debut in the Golden Gloves. I had minimal sparring experience (close to none), my coach couldn’t be there. I had to severely dehydrate myself to make weight, and for the first time in my life, I felt pessimistic. Everyone was telling me not to fight; I was so close to quitting. I was so lost, I was sick to my stomach. In the end, I had to remind myself “wait a minute, what the Hell am I thinking? I need to go in there and do what I have to do and leave satisfied with whatever I get. I write a blog about this stuff, I have no use complaining!” It was one of the most uncomfortable things I have come across in my life. It was nerve wrecking all the way up until the bell. I had to collect myself and remind myself how easy it is to get lost in this world. The most subtle things can wreck us back into unwanted habits. I went in there and finally knew what I had to do. If I didn’t have a plan “A”, I’ll move to plan “B”, and that’s to believe in myself. It gave me confidence and I pulled out the victory in the sloppiest, ugliest way possible, but I went in there and did it without giving up. If I give up on myself, it means I have given up on all my readers. So thank you all!