This I Believe (2nd Draft)

Everyone in life is unique in some way shape or form, most people go through life just keeping with the flow. Its like we’re on a conveyor belt going down the line of life. no thoughts of our own and actions only pre-established by someone else. it is in my opinion that since everyone is unique, we should show it. Not many people know how to fully express it, as most just listen to what they are told that they should do rather than what makes them feel free.

I believe in self expression. This can be achieved through any number of things. Take a step back and look at yourself. What is it that you enjoy? What is something that you are passionate about? Find what it is, it doesn’t matter what. It could be, drawing, dancing, music, tattoos, martial arts, etc. In my own personal experience Martial Arts have been a huge factor in my own self expression and awareness. I have always found that I was quite a shy kid growing up, at points in my life I was bullied and ridiculed for being overweight, and for the most part I wouldn’t do a thing about it.

 

When I was twelve years old I discovered Japanese Jiujitsu, and Boxing. This was a giant change in my life, not only did it get me active to lose weight, it also gave me confidence that I had never had before. The best part about it was that I found I was actually good at what I was doing. I was progressing faster than other students and before long I was obsessed. So obsessed in fact that I took the chance to learn many new martial arts like Karate, Aikido, Mauy Thai, Teakwondo, Wrestling, Judo, Kick-Boxing, and Brazillian Jiu-Jitsu. Martial Arts became my passion. I realized that with this one small aspect of life I can express how I feel, move, think, my emotions etc.  In time I discovered the legendary Bruce Lee, and found myself really connecting with his philosophies, and his teachings. The quotes that have always stuck with me and had the biggest connection were the following, “Knowledge in martial arts actually means self-knowledge. A martial artist has to take responsibility for himself and accept the consequences of his own doing. To me, ultimately, martial arts means honestly expressing yourself. Now, it is very difficult to do. It has always been very easy for me to put on a show and be cocky, and be flooded with a cocky feeling and feel pretty cool and all that. I can make all kinds of phony things. Blinded by it. Or I can show some really fancy movement. But to experience oneself honestly, not lying to oneself, and to express myself honestly, now that, my friend, is very hard to do.”  This quote resonated because it was precisely what I had been doing all of these years. Its something that anyone can do, you just have to find what it is that makes you feel free, something where you honestly express yourself  be open to new ideas and concepts.

 

to express yourself completely you must be free of outside thoughts, only doing what is natural yet unnatural at the same time. This is so important in my opinion because it is a step to a happy life. You can have it all, money, women/men, a happy family, and fame but can you truly be one hundred percent happy when you don’t express yourself? Bruce Lee once said “Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water my friend.” in order to finding the path to expressing ones self, this is what I believe.