Bruce Lee, Ayrton Senna and New Year Resolutions

New Year’s resolutions are silly, but also important.

They are silly because there should be no reason to wait until the change of dates in order to make decisions about the things in your life you want to change.

Yet, the fact is that us people are still quite basic in some ways, and we need punctuation in life. Without the moments of punctuation that calendars, events and sexual intercourse give us, life would just be an on-going wade through the ceaseless expectation of consumption and acceptance.

So, all people can and maybe should use the changing of the year as it is intended to be – in couple with resolutions.

Obviously dieting, not smoking and adhering to the ten commandments are the usual on anyone’s list.

Yet these usually fail.

This is also understandable, because in some ways, life is easy.

In some ways, life is soul-crushingly difficult and truly intelligent people need to resort to drugs or alcohol to avoid an inevitable amount of insanity and depression, as their puny human brain attempts to come to terms with the realisation of being alive in the Universe.

This may also be because although intelligent people know that ignorance is bliss, they will always refrain from that dreamy and stupid state of agreement that many survive on.

But anyway – life can be easy if you let it tick by and just focus on maintaining routine and personal hygiene.

So sticking to goals can often seem like an exercise in futility.

After all, once people are in their late 20s, realisation dawns that Alex Ferguson is not going to come a-knocking on their door with a football contract, nor will they be ‘spotted’ by a celebrity agent and inducted into the World of fame and success, based on their beauty and/or elite singing voice.

So if that’s the case – what’s the point of self-improvement?

Again, that’s fair enough.

But, on the other hand, what if people do want to realise their potential and aim for some form of success and satisfaction?

Bruce Lee and Ayrton Senna are two such people who I think about if I need to motivate myself.

Obviously they did lack the ability to securely hold onto life, but aside that, they were inspirational.

This is an excellent and impartial piece of writing on Ayrton Senna. The best part of that is talking about his “terrifying determination”.

Senna win Brazil Sao Paulo 1991

The same could be said of Bruce Lee.

Like Senna, Bruce Lee was far from a Saint. He had his faults.

Yet it is that ‘terrifying determination’ that set him apart, but also importantly, allowed him to achieve his goals.

Both men faced obstacles, issues, problems, obstructions, but nothing stopped them striving to achieve their goal – until their untimely demise of course, which in Senna’s case was bad luck, and in Bruce Lee’s case was perhaps due to one of his main faults.

Both men are shown in two excellent films. Of course the slant is biased towards them, but ‘Senna’ and ‘I am Bruce Lee’ are both available in good Shanghai DVD shops.

Bruce Lee wisdom pose

Obviously I am not aspiring to ‘be like them’, that’s not the point.

But if anyone ever needs to motivate self-improvement, then it’s worth remembering people who started with nothing and, at a young age, took on a mindset of absolute and total determination to go onwards – and succeeded.



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One Comment on “Bruce Lee, Ayrton Senna and New Year Resolutions”

  1. January 19, 2013 at 9:01 pm #

    Very nice that somebody in addition to me remembers Bruce Lee.

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