But, for me, one of the most awesome ways ninjas are awesome is the way they exit a situation. There's no mumbled goodbye. There's no awkward hug, or kiss, or hug and kiss, or hug where you think the person is going to do a hug and kiss so you go to give them a kiss on the cheek but they were just going for a hug so you kiss them right on the ear.
No. Ninjas do none of that. They hurl a smoke bomb on the ground, and when the smoke clears ... they're gone!
And that is what you remember.
Slowly the other stuff comes back to you, but for a while you can't get that exit out of your head.
It's like going to a concert. What song do you go home singing? The last one you heard, so singers always sing one of their biggest and best hits last.
It's all about the exit.
People don't sing songs on the way home from the middle of the concert. Sometimes it's even hard to remember what songs were sung, and in what order. But you never forget the last song, and you never forget a ninja's exit.
The thing is though, without the work done in the middle - the songs, the silent killing - there wouldn't even be a chance to make that exit.
The last song has more impact because of the songs that were sung through the concert. The ninja's exit has more impact because of the shock and awe they have created with their slicing ninja swords and flying ninja stars.
It's like when someone is seen as an overnight success (the smoke bomb exit, the last song), but they have been working away at their craft for 10 years (the head-slicing, the songs in the middle). People are amazed because they haven't seen or don't know or remember all that hard work put in, but without it, the success wouldn't have happened.
You have to put in the hard yards that no one sees or knows about or remembers, because then, when the time comes, when the opportunity arises, you are standing there, smoke bomb in hand, ready to hurl it down and make everyone remember your awesomeness.
So don't stress if you are doing all the work and it isn't being recognised just yet. It will be, and when it is, you will be ready, and people will remember you for a long, long time because you are a ninja, and you are awesome.
***Note: Don't actually use ninja swords or ninja stars. Yes, they're awesome when ninjas use them, but for us everyday people, they're just really sharp and they hurt. So do your hard work on things that don't hurt other people. It's just nicer that way.
So what does this mean? It means they are either going to push someone into the approaching zombies, or ... no, that's pretty much it! It also means that even if you are not like that at all, you may find yourself becoming like that. If you know they are going to try and push you under the bus, or into the mouth as the case may be, you may start pushing too, because if you push someone else first, it means you aren't the one getting pushed.
You know the old saying. Get in first, don't get your eyeball eaten.
There's a theory that you become the average of the five people you spend the most time with. You want these people to be awesome, caring, joyful, supportive people. If you're in a group that picks on other people, chances are you'll do that too, because you want to fit in, you want to be in that group, and it just naturally happens that you get drawn into doing the same things.
This isn't just true in real life either, it's true online. Places like Facebook have groups, and if you're in groups that are supportive, you will not only feel supported you will feel supportive too!
So here's my challenge to you. Think about who or what you want to become, and then think about the five people you hang out with the most. Are they helping you be who you want to be, or are they dragging you down to their level. Do they do things that make you feel uncomfortable or upset? Are you positive and they're always negative? Are you trying to build people up while they try and cut people down? Do you want to grow and achieve and make something of your life whle they just want to sit on the couch and watch telly and never get out of their comfort zone?
You don't have to cut someone important to you out of your life completely if they are holding you back, but maybe you can see them a little less often.
Spend more time hanging out with people you want to be like, that will make you the best you you can be. Surround yourself with them.
That's the only way I see it.
Oh, and don't hang out with zombies. You will totally become like them if you do. That's just how it works.
See, bad stuff's gonna happen. It is. To people, to zombies, and even to you. Things won't always go the way you plan, especially when you're going after a goal, when you're aiming for the stars. Stuff will go wrong, but that's not the problem.
The problem is how you react to it ... and that doesn't have to be a problem!
Zombies are superstars at this. If they miss out on a brain they're after, they either keep trying to bash down the door to get to the brain, or they just shuffle off after a new brain. They don't sit on the side of the road, chin in their hands, moaning and groaning to every other zombie that passes about how life treats them badly, how everything always seems to go wrong for them, like why does Archie always get to eat the good brains?
They don't blame everyone and everything else as the reason that they didn't get the brain.
They just keep on shuffling until they get a chance to go after another brain, and yes, as usual, we can learn from this. I mean, it's kind of like the persistence thing.
Like I said, stuff will go wrong. You might get rejected by a girl, a publisher, a company, whaever. You might miss out on a team. You might miss out on dinner.
But you don't have to sit around sooking and moaning about it. This doesn't mean you don't feel the pain, and don't hurt. Zombies hurt. If a zombie gets chainsawed, they shout out in pain. You can shout out too, just don't cling to it forever. You have to feel it, and then you have to get back out there and risk being hurt again, because that's the only way that you'll ever be able to reach those stars.
Even if you're born in the wrong time or the wrong place or with a body that doesn't work properly ... even then, even in those seemingly worst ever situations, there are people who rise above it, who know that it is about how they react to the bad thing, and those people are the inspiring ones.
Like this guy HERE.
So accept bad stuff will happen. Accept that sometimes you play a part in these bad thigs happening. And accept the hurt, the terrible feeling, and then get back out there and go for it!!!!!!!!!
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