“You must be shapeless, formless, like water. When you pour water in a cup, it becomes the cup. When you pour water in a bottle, it becomes the bottle. When you pour water in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Water can drip and it can crash. Become like water my friend.” — Bruce Lee
I think I can say, without a doubt, there will never be another like the incomparable Bruce Lee. He was one of a kind, unique, and probably the greatest martial artist of all time. His movies are still being watched today for their film composition, fight choreography, and cinematography. They are legendary.
But more importantly, and often overlooked, is his philosophy found in his many interviews. He had an insight on life that equaled any monk or holy man from any religion. He looked at life itself as a lesson for everyone to learn from. Lee said, “A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.”
It’s quotes like this that brings a true insight into this remarkable man. Yes, he was an incredible fighter with a physique and power that would make any many jealous. I don’t think there’s a young boy out there growing up in the 70’s that didn’t try to emulate Bruce Lee. We all took Christmas wrapping paper tubes, split them in the middle to make num-chuks, and tried to recreate the fight scene from “Enter the Dragon” against our siblings or friends; but in reality, he was much more than that.
“I’m not in this world to live up to your expectations and you’re not in this world to live up to mine.” — Bruce Lee
I think that was his guiding philosophy. He could give you advice but it’s up to you how your live your life. That’s what’s so sad about the life of Bruce Lee. Here was this man, blessed with incredible strength, skill, and an ideology that crossed all boundaries; but with all that, his life was cut short. Whether you believe in the “curse” or just consider it a coincidence, like many brilliant stars, he burned out before he truly shined.
“Enter the Dragon” is by far his most popular movie, and my favorite too. Of all the kung fu movies ever made, this one is a masterpiece. I think I like it the most because it was the first, and only movie, that Bruce Lee acted in English. He really was a great actor. Plus, you can’t compare the fight scenes in it with movies like “The Matrix” or “John Wick” because they did it without the wire work or special effects. It was all Bruce Lee.
I for one will never forget the immortal light of Bruce Lee. He will forever be a symbol of inner peace, eternal strength, and overwhelming compassion for others. He may have only lived for short time, but his legacy will live on forever.
Mark Piggott is the author of the Forever Avalon book series. Forever Avalon is available for purchase as a book/ebook at Amazon. The Dark Tides is available for purchase as a book/ebook at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iUniverse publishing. The Outlander War, Book Three of the Forever Avalon series is coming soon.