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.
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