Level up like a hero in this life

Sometimes, life is scary.

Heck, who am I kidding. It IS scary. It’s super scary. It’s fucking scary as fucking fuck.

Why? Because we’re only human and nobody has it fully figured out.

We’re all just playing along and figuring shit out as we live.

Nobody knows for sure what’s to come. Nobody is the master.

We’re all just players.

We’re all just people trying our best in this huge world.

Artistic image of the worldAnd you feel so alone…

Especially when you need to fight monsters that come in every form and size.

Image of a dark, shadowy giant monster in the city

Maybe you feel down and depressed. You don’t want to get out of bed.

Maybe your heart just got broken. Your prince or princess has renounced you.

Maybe you’re broke. The gold is out of your reach.

Maybe you lost a loved one. They will never come back.

Maybe you are lost. There is no real god.

And it just doesn’t let up. It keeps coming, and coming, and coming at ya.


A horde of monsters ready to attack you


What do you do? What CAN you do?

You either give up…

Call it quits

Throw in the towel

Hang it all up

Tell the world that you’re done. You’re fucking done.

A warrior feeling down and defeated

And then you die.


Or… You can pick yourself up, fight and level the fuck up.

No matter how scary it is.

No matter how unpredictable it is.

No matter how many people are calling you crazy.

You feel entirely fucked up and do it anyway.

You aim to level up.

You pick up the sword.

A young hero ready to pick up the sword

And then you fucking fight.

Be it the minions.

Or be it the bosses.

A lone mage fighting a gigantic angel-like creature

No matter how scary it seems.

No matter the odds.

No matter how you think you’re going to fail.

No matter the number of people calling you a crazy piece of shit…

You still fucking fight anyway.

Why though? Why fight?

Why bother when it seems like a lost cause?

Why even try when you feel like it’s fucking hopeless and you just want to die?


Believe it or not…

Life is fucking amazing.

As long as you get off your ass and get out there, along the way:

You get to make cool, new friends.

Cat-like friendly giant giving directions to the hero

Some will fight alongside with you and watch out for you.

Friendly ally monster shielding the hero

And some you might fall in love with.

Hero falling in love with a lone princess in a magical place

You can unleash your talents and create amazing things.

 A dwarf blacksmith crafting a sword

Or create amazing art.

Raistlin Majere donning the red robes and casting his magic

You also get to see how beautiful this world is.

A hero and his pet exploring a beautiful world

You get to think, reflect and learn more about yourself.

A lone hero reflecting on his life. Level up!

One day, just one day, you’ll become so confident that you realize life and its monsters aren’t so scary all the time.

A friendly monster giving a flower to a kid

You’ll become fucking FEARLESS.

A lone warrior fighting the giant from the mists and shadows

ALL of this is only possible if you just get up.

You would level up.

You’d become awesome as balls.

You’d become happy as fuck.

But unfortunately…

Life is still a bitch.

A ship celebrating too early when they're actually totally fucked

Just when you think things are getting better or when you feel like you’re doing something right,

life can find a way to fuck you up again anyway.

It begs to be asked again then: Why fight? Why bother?

Because… just because.

It’s life. It’s just life, okay?

It can be a piece-of-shit game, or a really good one.

Only losers take the easy out. All they have to do is not do anything and whine like a little bitch.

But winners…

The champions

The warriors

The spartans

The good, the kind, the compassionate…

Despite how fucking scary it seems…

A bunch of scary monster-like giants

A row of scary, gigantic monsters

They keep on keeping on.

As should you.

As you can do.

As you’ve already been doing.

And one day, you’ll become a legend.

Play on playa.

Level up.

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pic credit: Tomislav Jagnjic (literally titled “yo bro is it safe down there in the woods? yeah man it’s cool)

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pic credit: Ryky

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  1. DIANE C RANDALL - February 20, 2017 10:40 pm

    This one made me cry…. seriously. You really get to people which means you help people. I don’t say fuck nearly as much as I used to, but I love your heart and your message! Today was a “level-up” day for me (if you see my pic you might guess I don’t play the games, but I get you, I hear you!). You, Mr. Tan, are fucking awesome! Keep shining and do not hold back! Thank you <3

  2. Nyombi Tonnex - February 21, 2017 3:18 am

    That is so good mr. Tan. I am really ready to fight evry monster in life. Thank you

  3. Joel - February 24, 2017 9:48 pm

    The funny thing about life and all the people who live it is very few of them understand one key point. Anything in life worth having, wanting, attaining, desiring and any other thing you can think of is hard fucking work. Plain and simple. There are no shortcuts or easy ways to achieve the impossible. It’s get out there and when you think you’ve given it everything you have, give it some more.

    That is the only way to make life worthwhile.

    As always, enjoyed the article.

  4. HindIndia - February 27, 2017 4:49 am

    Great post …. Nice article with awesome depiction!! 🙂 🙂

  5. Daniel - April 6, 2017 8:57 pm

    That was surprisingly inspiring.
    Man, this guy is pretty alright in my book.


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