It's like that in life too, I reckon. It's like, when I decided I wanted to write, things that were around before suddenly actually make me sit up and take notice. Like all those Google ads and posts and groups on Facebook, and ads, and ... oh, that's just the internet's ultra-know-it-all-marketing-and-possibly-invading-your-private-life stuff.
But it does happen. You meet people who can give you opportunities. You hear things, and read things, and it's like the world is giving you the opportunity to get to where you want to be.
But here's the kicker, and it ain't a horse. Or a karate expert. It's you (NOTE: If you're a horse or a karate expert, it's still you!).
These opportunities come up ALL the time for EVERYONE! Don't listen to people who complain that they never get a chance to do anything, or complain that other people get so many opportunities. It's not true. The thing is, so many people don't SEE the opportunities, or if they see them, they don't see them for what they are. Or they DO see them for what they are but they don't do anything about it!
And so what was an opportunity becomes just another thing that happened that day.
Kicker number two is that if you do see an opportunity, and you do take advantage of it, you have to be ready. You have to have been putting in the work so that you are at a level that you feel confident getting out there and putting your best foot forward. If you do that, that first opportunity will lead to another ... and another ... and suddenly it is a massive snowball racing down the hill getting bigger and bigger and OH MY GOD THAT SNOWBALL WILL CRUSH US ALL!
(NOTE: It's not a real snowball. You'll be okay).
So keep alert and realise that opportunities and ideas are there, waiting for you to see it.
Sometimes you just have to open your eyes and really look.
What is it? Well, I'll tell you, but first, a story. Nah, I'm just kidding, I'll tell you what it is. Seriously, I will. It's ... oh, do you remember that time we broke that window with the pineapple? Oh man, that was so funny!
Okay! I'll tell you! Back off, man! Settle down! Show some ... PATIENCE! Yes, that's the topic for today, because zombies have great patience. And I don't mean they have great patients because they bite people's faces off, although this is true. I mean they have great patience, and because of that they have great resilience and persistence and pusistence .
See, if a zombie is chasing after someone to nibble, munch and chew on their brain, and they're an old-school zombie, they don't have great speed. Generally, the person is going to be faster. But zombies have patience. They know it's the long haul that's important. They keep chasing. They stay patient. If things go their way and they get a brain straight away, awesome! If not, they just keep going, shuffling on, knowing their time will come, that there will be more and maybe better opportunities, that the brain holder will get tired or stumble or be so scared they'll do something stupid and then it's brain munchin' time!
They're patient. And if they are patient, they create a patient ... and lunch.
How does this relate to you? Well, I'll tell you, but first, hey, do you remember that time we laughed so hard that you fell off your chair and broke your arm? That was so funny.
Be patient. Keep working and improving and making whatever you do so good they can't ignore you. Everything is such a rush these days, we all want everything now, everything has to be at our fingertips. Yeah, well some zombies don't even have fingertips! Did you ever think about that?
Okay, on that note, I'm outta here. There are some strange sounds outside and the sky was orange this morning, which was kind of weird and apocalyptic.
Learning some good techniques, watching other people do it, practicing at home and in front of friends, and, most of all, getting out there and doing it yourself are the best ways (I think) to get better at it and also to not be as scared of it.
However ... say you're scared of zombies. If you face a zombie head on and tackle it, there is a very good chance that you are going to get your earlobes bitten off and used as the outsides of a sandwich with your liver as the filling.
If you're scared of ninjas, and you face up to a ninja and tackle it, there's a very good chance that you will get a ninja star up your nostril and a poison dart in your butt.
There are some things it's good to avoid. It's also good to avoid people who drag you down or make you feel bad, or scared. It's good to avoid eating too much junk food. It's good to avoid picking your nose while you are on stage giving a speech to a thousand people.
I guess, for me, the thing is this. Pick your battles (not your nose). If it's something you really want to do or achieve, go for it.
Don't avoid it.
Get in there and do your best, no matter how much it scares you. It will get easier, more natural, less scary.
If, however, it's just something you think you should do or that other people tell you you should do, well, if it doesn't light you up inside, avoid it, otherwise you may literally get lit up inside ... by a ninja smoke bomb. Or a zombie's mouth ... I don't know how that works but you know what I mean. It will eat your guts!
Now get out there and run away!
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