“Character over everything”

“When my life has spent its last day, I know I will value my authenticity the most. The kind of man I showed up as daily and what I learned about myself along the way.” - Tadayoshi Inoue

There will come a day when I will draw my last breath. I think about this day. What will I want more of but more importantly what will I treasure the most about this life’s experience?

I know I won’t care how much of anything I have. I know I won’t care if I am right or wrong about anything. I think I will care most about the kind of man I was in this life. 

I will care about the kind of choices that I made silently and in the quiet places of my mind. The places only I know about. While I can’t fully control the world, what happens to me, or what my outcomes in life are. I can control what I think about and what I do in this life. That is for sure.

I have many choices each day to make. Choices about compassion, generosity, and love. Yes choices about loving myself and others. So what kind of man will I be proud that I was?

I will be most proud of being a loving man. A man who didn’t compromise when I felt I was making a good choice. That I was able to stand firm no matter what stood against me. To be steadfast in my faith in me and what I most believe in. 

I won’t always be right about everything I think. But I will always hold the intention to be loving and compassionate. I will always be authentic to myself and what that always means no matter the consequences. And that is the most loving thing I can think to do for myself. To be authentic in thought and action.

I am love. I am joy. I am always good.

Pic: Competing at the master’s Nationals several years ago.

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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.