Let me say this first and forgive me for editorializing---most of those around who think having multiple "tatts", piercings, weird hair and effecting some kind of demeanor makes them hip, edgy, tough or whatever, have it all wrong. It's all on the inside, it's what you do, it's how you live. Now don't get me wrong--you can be a "freak" and be the real deal but the way I see it is that there are far too many poseurs out there. Think about the following:
Standing alone, I am what others see and hear,
Having no need to effect a look or manner by adopting vain extraneous appearances.
I exude a quiet confidence derived from a life that is disciplined, yet open and welcoming to new challenges.
I view my physical training as an opportunity to grow and be fulfilled in all aspects of life.
This training is as vital to me as my relationships and my vocation,it makes me complete.
I feel no need to explain or prove the validity of the way I have chosen.
The merit of one's life can be measured in part by his disposition and how he treats others,
Yet one's words and actions often betray what he espouses.
My running and training burn away my weaknesses and faults, but the fire must be kindled each day.
Life can be hard and filled with uncertainties that overwhelm the unprepared,
For many, the joy in this life is thus lost.The way I live,though strange to most,
Provides a peace and comfort that cannot be measured and is not tangible,
But it is the path I've chosen and it's worth is validated each day of my life.