I’m learning to be a Life Warrior. I like the word warrior. It’s strong, sexy, amazing, cool, and a little bit scary. I know a few Life Warriors that I greatly admire, and these warriors are all people who don’t look for excuses, instead they just DO! The life warriors that I admire the most are those who CONQUER but without the expense of running over others, or without exhausting themselves. I suppose a good way to put it is that these folks I’m thinking of have Life Warrior Balance.
As I work on becoming a Life Warrior, I realize that I am truly capable of doing whatever it is I set my mind to. I can decide to pursue something and not give up when I hear no; even if I hear no more than once, it’s up to ME to keep pushing. However, I have to push with integrity and with care. I have to push without hurting others and without hurting myself. Being a Life Warrior comes with a lot of responsibility and as I raise my children, I desire to see them conquer life but my husband and I must lead them by example and show them that part of being a good Life Warrior also means you must have compassion for others, compassion for yourself, and most importantly, compassion for those who want to stand in your way. Only with compassion can you truly overcome.
Another important aspect of being a Life Warrior is being humble. There is always more to learn and no matter how great you might become, there is always someone greater, there is always room for growth, and love should always come first. If you think about the greatest heroes and warriors of our time, their path to success was not just about the fight – the great heroes of our time also had excessive heart, courage, and passion.
I’m also learning to be a bit fiercer as I put on my Life Warrior armor. Fierce does not imply being unkind – to me it implies bravery, integrity, and inner power. Bravery to face the world with your realness shining through, having the integrity to stand up for what you believe in, and possessing the inner power to be able to take risks, to fail and try again, and most of all, the inner power to succeed because sometimes success is even scarier than failure. With success comes responsibility and that’s when we need to be our most fierce. Once you have created something that you stand for, your responsibility lies in its defense and in the veracity it takes to stay true to your creation so yes, being a bit fiercer is high on my priority list.
What does being a Life Warrior mean to you? Who do you admire? What are you striving for? What are the hang-ups that get in your way of being the Life Warrior that you want to be? Let me know in comments!