Here are some things to remind you life is good and you can live in harmony. It just takes practice and diligence. What are your life lessons?
It’s also important to remember that techniques sometimes need to change when situations change; it is up to you to learn or relearn what you need to know in order to maintain mastery of your chosen discipline. For instance, a Green Beret of the Army Special Forces must be highly proficient at transitioning from their rifles to their pistols as rapidly as possible in case their rifle ran out of bullets or malfunctioned.
A Warrior is flexible and knows how to improvise, adapt and overcome.
A retired service member proficiency in this skill is no longer necessary because they don’t carry a rifle all the time. However, they might carry a pistol. The physical act of drawing a pistol from a concealed holster is much different than drawing from a leg holster, so you have to train and adapt to this new technique. And by doing so will make you proficient and lethal as had before while in the military.
Remember: You can’t just rest easy and expect skills to stay with you for life because you knew how to do them a long time ago. You should continue to practice, modifying your technique if necessary, no matter how good you are in any given discipline.
The path to becoming a warrior is not an easy one, because at its core is discipline. A warrior is a master of spherical awareness, ever vigilant with their head on a swivel. They know their operational environment, can improve, adapt and overcome all adversities, and while they’re able to accept that they aren’t invincible, they never run from adversity; instead, they face it head-on. The warrior fights with their mind, body, and soul, and while they have emotions, they must master keeping them at bay to fight without letting them interfere with their clarity and lucidity. None of these things will come easily, so do not be discouraged. The only path to master anything, particularly the warrior arts, is via hard work and diligence. It is particularly difficult to master anything in the physical world until you conquer the demons in your head that foster such impediments as fear, anxiety, panic, and self-doubt. Once you can eliminate these counterproductive and debilitating thoughts, you can move forward in mastering the warrior mindset.