Sometimes our life takes an unexpected turn: Reviewing nothing

When I sat down to write this article I was originally going to address my choices for truck guns and why. What came out, however, was something far different than originally expected.

It is essential to understand that there are some things that simply cannot change from person to person with regards to learning a truly beneficial defensive approach to life.

  1. Always be aware of your surroundings. No matter who you are or what your intentions if you choose to ignore your surroundings you will eventually end up in trouble as a result.
  2. Avoid trouble, and remember a very simple philosophy, trouble does not find you, trouble is a direct result of your decisions and life approaches.
  3. You can be safe without being a victim; always be aware, always make informed decisions and avoid overly emotional situations.
  4. When looking to protect yourself make sure you take all applicable factual information in hand before making any decisions that have the potential for life changing affect.

The goal when looking for the “perfect” defensive strategy is not to become more paranoid but rather to be able to continue living your life in a way that you enjoy. This does not by default mean that no changes will occur, rather it means that you need to make decisions regarding current behavior and avoid habits and actions that lead to potential harm as that will negatively affect your ability to enjoy your life.

Each of us must decide to do that which will fit our lives best. For some it is our devotion to our children and others our devotion to our work. Each of us has aspects of our lives that we enjoy and other aspects that we do not. If we wish to have more enjoyment it stands to reason that the use of logic over emotional reasoning will always benefit in the long term. A perfect example can be made using the application of “credit” as a medium of risk or measurement of a persons risk. An individuals credit worthiness is based more in what they can pay and have available than in what they cannot pay. For instance the individual with five credit cards and over two thirds of their balances available will almost surely have a better score than someone with either maxed out cards or the individual with no cards. You see the individual with maxed out cards is as much as risk as the individual without a single card because there is no history of credit worthiness to draw from.

In this way we can actually adjust our lives so that we gain the greatest benefit from it not by avoiding credit but rather by embracing it and USING it in a measured manner so as to build the reflection we want others to see of ourselves. This same approach can be taken with any aspect of our lives. A moderated approach will benefit us greatly with regards to a social life and even family as well. Over doing it in either area or avoiding it all together will only negatively impact the view others see of us outwardly. Think about this for a second, when you were younger the party animals were cool! However, as you get older and more mature the party scene loses its draw to some extent and your view of it can over time become quite jaded as you know the ins and outs of this same scene. This same view can be taken with any aspect of your life. Consistently over achieving can be beneficial in the short term but in the long term will always see failure of some kind. Just as never quite giving enough will also in the long term see failure.

Look around you, those individuals with the most positive mixtures of both family life and career are almost always the same ones who balance them well together and rarely allow themselves to become to entangled in one or the either. Choosing, as individuals, to enjoy their lives they always seem to be happy regardless the various storms they weather. My personal problems in life have almost entirely been a direct result of my decisions. Even the incidents where things occurred in a negative fashion to myself it is my decisions that led to that point in time. Accepting this has been the first step of my current path in life. I am not someone who believes strongly in only one path, rather I quite firmly believe that life is a myriad of paths and for each individual those paths constantly change based entirely in our decisions. The destination for all of us is the same, we are each of us born and each of us will die eventually. This is a fact of life, death is simply the next step. However, like any map there is always more than one way and in fact there are trillions of ways to get there. The only choice we have is this, do we want to enjoy our lives or simply live them?

What say you?

Free the mind and the body will follow


About Jesse Mathewson

Jesse Mathewson is the author of the popular blog, and provides commentary to many varied places based on a background that includes education in criminal justice, history, religion and even insurgency tactics and tactical training. His current role in his community is as an organizer of sorts and a preacher of community solidarity and agorism. He also runs Liberty Practical Training, a self defense school specializing in the practical applications of defensive approaches versus the theoretical. As an agorist, voluntaryist and atheist his life is seen as crazy and wild by many, though once they get to know him most realize he is a bluntly honest individual who will give you the shirt off his back if he believes it is necessary to help you. Very simple, "That which is voluntary between all individuals involved is always right, if it is not voluntary, it is always wrong."
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3 Responses to Sometimes our life takes an unexpected turn: Reviewing nothing

  1. Alfred E. Neuman says:

    Reblogged this on The Lynler Report.


  2. cavpatriot says:

    An excellent reminder. Sometimes it’s easy to get distracted by everyday life and forget to focus on what makes us happy. Situational awareness should logically extend to not just our surroundings, but our inner self as well. Well said brother.


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