The Man in the Arena – Theodore Roosevelt

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

I’ve always felt like a reclusive, a spectator stuck in my own world, living in an alternate reality. Enjoying my days but always coming back to my room, stuck in front of a computer. Never fully living. Always planning, reading, observing and dreaming. Never doing.

Always imprisoned either by parents and my own fears, always using excuses to stay in my little bubble..

I’m “too cool” to study hard, “too smart” to try my fullest, “too something” to invest myself into anything properly. Lost in the appearances, in looking good for others, in living inside my shell and not face the real world, because he might teach me how hard it is to actually get where I want to be.

No more, that’s why this name, I’ve been growing progressively sick of being like this.

I want a proper life, I want proper projects, I want proper growth, to be a full person and stop hiding in my excuses.

I want to fight the real fights, create real things, live fully and experience things, get out there and face my fears. Face the dragons of the world.

I want a life based on growth, on curiosity, on love and on courage. Not fear.

One challenge, one step forward, one fear at a time. Let’s get moving!

(Zen Pencils has a comic I really enjoy with this text, I really recommend the other comics as well, a lot of them are just awesome)

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