“A life of introspection”

“What we perceive, especially about ourselves, is almost always a reflection of something that is going on deep within us. The key to a happy life is to always be on a path of self-discovery and personal awareness.” - Tadayoshi Inoue

There will probably never be a day when I wake up and say “I want nothing more, I am completely fulfilled.” I would like to think that someday I will feel this way about my life, but the truth is I always want more. I always want to improve and become more than I was the day before.

So I have accepted that my life is a process and not about getting somewhere specific. I realize that I will get to very specific places in my life, but that isn’t the reason why I do all that I do. I want a life filled with the feelings of excitement, love, joy and deep connection with others. 

Looking into my life what I see is a cornucopia of wonderful experiences, and experiences that didn’t feel so good too. But they all made me who I am today. And I love where I am and who I am today. I am not perfect nor am I  done by any means, but I am very happy with how things are going. 

So when I look at my life. I try not to see what I have to do. I try not to look at what I would like to become. Instead, I look at what I get to do. I sit back and say so often these days, “Wow, look at what I get to do and who I get to do it with!” This is my life. It is a life I fully own and I am appreciating it more and more each day. 

I deeply hope that you find a perspective that allows you this kind of personal peace and satisfaction. Because I know that I am not that different than anyone else. Am I special? No more special than you are. But I know where to place my attention and I know how to speak to myself. And I am willing to receive all of the love and joy this life is begging to offer me. 

Thank you universe. I am love. I am joy. I am so very good. And so are each one of you.

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About the author
Tad Inoue is an IFBB Professional League judge, Nutritionist and Professional Diet Coach for many clients and athletes worldwide. Tad has been in the bodybuilding and fitness industry for over 32 years and his clients include professional athletes, top amateur atheletes and all other competitors in figure, bikini, men and women's physique and bodybuilding, as well as individuals interested in optimal health. Tad was a National competitor in the NPC for over 30 years and now focuses his passion, knowledge and experience on helping and instructing others in fitness, wellness and athletic competition. His education includes philosophy, theology, nutrition, biochemistry as well as dietetics. He specializes in contest preparation for Figure, Bikini, men and women's Phyisque, Bodybuilding and fat loss for optimal health. Tad is also a speaker on mindfulness, motivation and joyful positive living.