The length of time you should carry a sword

I turned 36 this weekend, and my early mid-life crisis — which I thought I had beat down over the past year and a half — returned.

Some friends and I, along with my wife, even went out dancing so that we’d all feel young, but it had the opposite effect. We didn’t know some of the new songs, there sure seemed to be a lot of 21 year olds, and by 11:45 we felt tired and ready to go home. : )

Orange Belt promotion
Here’s a recent photo following my promotion to Orange Belt. Style is Isshin-ryu Karate.

This morning, I read a passage that further pushed down my negative thinking. It comes from the once-secret book titled, Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai — The book was written between 1709 to 1716.

And the passage reads:

“The resolution of the men of former times was deep. Those between the ages of thirteen and sixty went to the front lines. For this reason men of advanced years hid their age.”

So, by that reasoning, I still have 24 more years that I can expect to go to the front and swing a sword. And with that thought in mind, I’m going to go hit the pull up bar in my doorway.

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

P.S. I really appreciate everyone’s support of my books. Sold Out, the Marine Sniper/CIA thriller about Nick Woods, has gone as high as No. 64 in its genre. And Little Man, and the Dixon County War, a Western thriller that moves super fast, has gone as high as No. 57 in its genre.

11 thoughts on “The length of time you should carry a sword

      1. I first read it during college – I took a couple of Japanese culture and history classes because in the late 90’s in college it was pretty fashionable to be into many things Japanese (edgy Anime, for instance).

        I’m still something of a Samurai-phile (have my Zatoichi Katana to prove it), and maybe, just maybe, I’ll get around to writing some chanbara-styled fiction…


  1. Stan, don’t worry about getting old, pulling up the bar or not. When you get to the point you can’t stagger as far as the bathroom in the middle of the night, you can admit to being old. Meanwhile, breath deep, snarl at evil-doers, and swing that sword.


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