I believe in a well rounded life. In a world of increasing specialization those with a diversity of skills are frequently undervalued. The saying goes “Jack of all trades, master of none, better than a king of one”. A variety of physical endeavors and mental pursuits makes for a more adaptive and flexible individual. I have experienced the benefits that yoga has had on my apnea training, and the difference apnea training has made on my capacity for aerobic exertion. A wide variety of intellectual pursuits allows me to make comparisons between vastly different subjects and to borrow and lend from one field of knowledge to another.
I value that which gives me freedom, fulfillment and self determination: skills and experiences. With a variety of skills I am confident that I will always be capable of providing for myself and adapting to any given situation. Experiences, unlike possessions, bring true fulfillment and can’t easily be taken away. I believe comfort is a vice that breeds fear and weakness, and that which endures must fight.
I understand that little in this world is permanent and that much of my life is out of my control. Whenever I find myself in an unpleasant situation beyond my control, I try to remind myself to let go of control and to allow whatever is happening to happen. We are all exactly where we need to be.