You Say You Want Freedom. But Will You Do What It Takes To Get Freedom?
I rub my eyes.
A piece of me wants to go back to bed.
But I know this moment, this choice, this is the difference.
Sometimes I almost forget.
Forget that it is this very moment that I can move towards my dream… or away from it. But today I remember.
Thank you God.
So I wake up. I get out of bed. I write.
Maybe, someone will be inspired, motivated, encouraged to follow their dreams.
That chance – pushes me out of bed.
So I write.
At 630 a piece of me wants to fight it.
I feel tired, a little sore, I can do it the next day.
But once again I remember, today I either move toward my dream or away from it.
So I leave the house. I run, I sprint, I push my body to its limit. My pulse sky rockets.
I want to be a ninja.
Have you ever seeing a fat ninja?
I have to show up. Every. Single. Day.
It is More Than Just Following a Dream
Initially when I came to Japan I thought this was just about martial arts and some childhood desire.
It’s much more.
It is about freedom.
How cliché is that?
Don’t most people want freedom? The opportunity to do as we please, when we please, how we please…
Wanting isn’t enough.
Are most people willing to make sacrifices now to get what they want later?
Are you willing to make sacrifices now to get what you want later?
The Incredible Irony
I want two things:
- to become a Ninja and
- to create a movement to inspire and educate people to follow their dreams.
The wants are simple. The “how” is complex.
If I can do those two things that is my freedom.
The only way to make it happen is to give up my freedom.
In pursuit of freedom I give up my freedom…
I don’t have the freedom to sleep in, to let a few days slip by, to quit exercising, to stop writing, to stop learning.
Everyday I write, I train, I read, I learn. It’s not a choice…
Well, technically it is a choice. I could stop doing these things. But then I’ll never achieve my dream.
It is so simple. Yet so complex.
The only way to get freedom in the long-term is to give up freedom in the short-term.
Is it worth it?
For me, yes.
For you, I don’t know…
Will you give up freedom today to have freedom tomorrow?