Day 201 – Evolution

Evolution of the bull. Blood, sweat & years. After 3 sessions and 22hrs of tattooing with world renowned @NikkoHurtado, the story's almost done.. Every detail is a reflection of my own personal history. From the cracks and heavy damage in the bone representing life's hard lessons I've learned over the years. Just like scars and wrinkles – I'm so grateful to have 'em because they're earned. To the horns, not pointing up or out to the side, but pointing straight ahead representing relentless energy and forward progress. The core and anchor of this image is in the eye. Look closely and you'll find the life, energy, power and you'll feel the MANA (spirit). The eye tells the story of a disruptive positive energy always ready to dent the universe. Depending on the light and angle, sometimes the energy's subtle and sometimes it's glaring. But it's always alive and ready to disrupt the universe and love and protect my family and all things I love with intense passion and gratitude. Cheers to living, learning, evolving and growing. And to the positive disrupters ready to dent the universe. #EvolutionOfTheBull #TheDisrupter #TheMana #NowLetsBreakOutTheTequila

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As I grow up, the passions that motivate me change. When you are younger, you pursue more childish aims — this is not news. I was concerned about catching WWE Raw each Monday and listening to the newest Eminem record. I was not concerned about upgrading the CRM at work, or being up on JavaScript trends, or dedicating time to sermon writing or kicking tail at the gym.

Nope.

But things change. Our hearts, minds and bodies change and evolve as experiences mold us. For Christians, we rejoice that God himself works to mold us, beating down our sinful nature one block at a time. We are not what we wish to be, but we’re also not what we once were.

When I saw The Rock decided to change his famous bull tattoo, I smiled. I admire Rock (don’t look surprised). The man has done so much, driven entirely by a desire to achieve in new realms. Remember: Rock’s dream wasn’t Hollywood or WWE, it was the NFL, but a devastating back injury did that notion in.

So, he moved onto the WWE, became one of the three biggest stars in the history of the profession, and then moved onto Hollywood. Again — success in that realm was not considered a given. Sure, he had the look and charisma of a big action star, but highest-paid actor in Hollywood? No one predicted that.

So, yes, I admire The Rock. I admire Dwayne Johnson. I admire that he works incredibly hard and isn’t satisfied. Too often, I feel satisfied, too willing to let down my guard and soften up. No time for that in Rock’s world, there’s another door needing kicked down.

Rock’s production company is “Seven Bucks Entertainment.” Why? Because before he was The Rock, before he was electrifying, before he stood toe-to-toe with Stone Cold or John Cena, before he walked tall, before he brawled with Dominic Toretto and even before he sang in “Moana”, Dwayne Johnson stood outside of an apartment building with only seven bucks in his pocket.

Never forget.

Evolve.

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