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Lessons from losing a parent young

Losing a parent early on in your life (for reference I was 26) is not exactly the same as a near-death experience. But in my case, it might as well be.

This is something I often try to remind myself of. The simple reason is, it spurs me into positive action.

In a way, this blog is a result of my dad dying; I had thought about doing things like this for the longest time, but never really got around to it.

2017 was to be the year of action. And 2017 indeed turned out to be a year of action.

And learning.

And a bit of regret, but mainly learning. Learning that otherwise wouldn’t have happened without action. Learning that all but negates the regret.

My problem was taking action with toxic people, who I have since removed from my life.

That’s one of the risks of taking action, you have no idea what’s going to happen.

But the opposite is also true. If you don’t take action, you have a pretty good idea of what’s going to happen. Or should I say not happen.

No point sitting there feeling sorry for yourself, or thinking to yourself ‘if only I were more…’ That stuff helps no one. And does a disservice to your inner self too.

Best to take your ideas and make a move. Quickly. Don’t waste your life thinking ‘what if’.

Either way, it should never take a near-death experience or losing a parent to put your ideas into action.

Tim Bunting Kiwi Yamabushi


Hi, I’m Tim Bunting AKA the Kiwi Yamabushi, a New Zealander who became a Yamabushi Ascetic in the Dewa Sanzan mountains of north Japan. I’m part of the Yamabushido team, and we host life-altering Yamabushi training on the Dewa Sanzan (website link). People come to us for the ultimate mindfulness experience, to reach the next level, or simply connect with nature and themselves.

I’m on a mission to summit all 100 Famous Mountains of Yamagata Prefecture to spread the splendour of this fabulous location, and in dedication to all those who lost their lives out in nature, including my father.

On my daily blog I post thoughts of a practicing Yamabushi that I hope people can use to better themselves and live as fulfilling a life as possible.

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