RIP Danny 1 Year Today

1 year ago my little brother took his life.

I still don’t understand it and it’s the most bizarre thing to comprehend in my life and drives me insane when I get deep in my thinking about the scenario and seeing him in his coffin.

I wasn’t there to protect him as I have always done my best to do since we were kids and even as adults.

My mom told us when we were younger I’d be super protective over him when he was born and would hassle strangers when they’d say how cute Danny was to my mom.

The fact that I wasn’t there, can’t change what happened, and didn’t do my job as an older brother haunts me every day and is something I’ll never let go of fully.

The fact he’s not here but I am confuses me given my own health circumstances but I’d also why I don’t ever slow down with my goals to make an impact on this earth.

The only thing that brings me some sort of relief is that I bring his ashes with me everywhere I go around the world on my wrist and that I share what he means to me any chance I get.

I talk about Danny, and @davemirra, on stage as they’re the driving fuel to all I do in sharing my story and passions today.

I can’t go back and save them but I can share with all of YOU and hope you implement the tools I share and share with those you love or don’t even know.

Josh P. 💚🧠✌️

Homework

I always have fear.

The difference is, I do the work (mentally & physically) to choose how fear contributes to my life.

Fear doesn’t own me, it’s just a thought. I use fear to guide me towards the things I must do in order to fulfill my purpose. I choose the thoughts by doing the mental work EVERY single day.

It starts with my “morning manifesto” and continues with the choices in who I surround myself with and the content I choose to consume.

I’m scared shitless every time I get on a stage, no matter the size.

But, I know it’s my calling and it’s necessary to succeed at fulfilling my purpose that I’ve devoted my life to.

Preparation is a form of being proactive and in this lists context, it’s being proactive of the fear of public speaking.

Few reasons as to why the fear is there, which is my ego trying to protect me from the unknown, is the fear of rejection & unworthiness.

I know it’s not true and even tho I may be shaking and my heart racing, I repeat my mantras to myself and focus on the vision. Just the same way I would when competition or doing a new trick for the first time.

Josh P. 💚🧠✌️

Persistence is How I Made It Here

Persistence to land a trick has taught me many invaluable lessons in life.

To accept this kind of pain just to land a trick on your bike changes you mentally and subconsciously in such profound ways.

I wasn’t aware of it in the beginning but in my last few years competing and progressing, I started to become conscious to what was going on.

Now I harness it all for my purpose to serve and support those around me and willing to hear what I have to say.

Josh P. 💚🧠✌️

Thank You, BMX

I wouldn’t be where I am without my BMX bike.

The friends, the travels, the life lessons, the opportunities, the experiences, the ups and downs, and the challenge of getting to a top professional level of competition was an amazing journey.

All I do today is with the utmost respect for what BMX has done for me and what @DaveMirra did for the sport and my life directly.

Even tho I’ve removed myself from the competition side of riding and the BMX industry for the most part, BMX is still in my heart.

All I do today is with the backend thought BMX will be positively exposed to crowds that have never seen it properly, heard of it, or maybe didn’t take a second look at the sport for what it really is.

When I share my video and experiences on stage, people are always amazed by what we can all do on our bikes along with the mindset that fuels those actions we dismiss as it’s just what we do.

Today, BMX is a vehicle that carries my voice and story around the world and contributes to my journey moving forward to serve and support others as much as I can. It’s also a valuable educational tool I use to reflect on all its taught me over the years and how to apply those lessons in my life today with my business.

I’m incredibly grateful I found something at such a young age that consumed my being because had it not been for that focus, I wouldn’t be here today on a lot of different levels.

It’s why I believe everyone MUST have something they are passionate about and can progress with. It’s a great outlet for many purposes and keeps you pushing for something.

@joerogan referred to this as “creating your own struggle” on @aubreymarcus podcast. It’s so true. Rather than wait for some struggle to come at you despite what you want, create your own struggle to overcome like working out, sobriety, a clean diet, a project, that business you always wanted to start, and so on.

It’ll make you stronger, mentally and physically, and may bring more than you ever fathomed into your life. 📸 @jciake

Josh P. 💚🧠✌️

Helmets Don’t Matter

We’ve always been told that wearing a helmet is important for our brains.

After @davemirra being diagnosed with CTE, I’ve become even more obsessed with 🧠 health and sharing with the BMX community and all of you.

Although I’m an advocate for helmets 100%, they don’t do much in terms of concussions and preventing CTE. They do protect the skull from fractures, tho, which is amazing!

🤓But, when we talk about the brain in regards to concussions, we have to understand the brains development, how the brain actually sits in the skull, and how a concussion occurs.

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🤦🏼‍♂️Helmets Don’t Matter🙈 . We’ve always been told that wearing a helmet is important for our brains. After @davemirra being diagnosed with CTE, I’ve become even more obsessed with 🧠 health and sharing with the BMX community and all of you. Although I’m an advocate for helmets 100%, they don’t do much in terms of concussions and preventing CTE. They do protect the skull from fractures, tho, which is amazing! . 🤓But, when we talk about the brain in regards to concussions, we have to understand the brains development, how the brain actually sits in the skull, and how a concussion occurs. I’ve seen many of my friends out cold while wearing a helmet. . 🧠@scottycranmer was wearing a helmet when his life altering TBI occurred. . 🧠I’ve seen @vincebyron out cold several times with a full face helmet on, the last gnarly one resulted in blood seeping out of his nose and ears. . 🧠 @davemirra crushed his face through his full face helmet one year at a contest. . 🧠I myself have had a few concussions where I had a seizure and my heart stopped, all while wearing a helmet. . 🙏🏼 That said, this isn’t a post advocating for not wearing a helmet. Very much the opposite and helmets serve an amazing tool for protecting our skull and mitigating issues if a head injury were to occur. . 🙏🏼 This post is to understand the implications of hitting our heads. It takes time or it can be immediately. . 🙌🏼 Part 2 from my trip to @doc_amen with @ryanplowery to get SPECT scans of our brains comes out Friday at 330pm EST! Dr. Ali will be explaining this topic much more along with our scan results with exogenous @justpruvit ketones and without, what the scans mean, why we are the way we are, and how we can change our brains with and without exogenous ketones. . 🤔Comment any questions or concerns and I’ll do a LIVE to answer those questions.🤗 . Josh P. 💚🧠✌️ . ‪#BeTheChange‬ ‪#BeTheChange🌎‬ ‪.‬ ‪#ProtectThisBrain‬ ‪.‬ ‪#braintumor #ketoathlete #lowcarbdiet #ketofam #brainhealth #bmx #ketogenicdiet #purposedriven #ketolife‬ #brainhealthmatters

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I’ve seen many of my friends out cold while wearing a helmet.

🧠@scottycranmer was wearing a helmet when his life altering TBI occurred.

🧠I’ve seen @vincebyron out cold several times with a full face helmet on, the last gnarly one resulted in blood seeping out of his nose and ears.

🧠 @davemirra crushed his face through his full face helmet one year at a contest.

🧠I myself have had a few concussions where I had a seizure and my heart stopped, all while wearing a helmet.

🙏🏼 That said, this isn’t a post advocating for not wearing a helmet. Very much the opposite and helmets serve an amazing tool for protecting our skull and mitigating issues if a head injury were to occur.

🙏🏼 This post is to understand the implications of hitting our heads. It takes time or it can be immediately.

🙌🏼 Part 2 from my trip to @doc_amen with @ryanplowery to get SPECT scans of our brains comes out Friday at 330pm EST!

Dr. Ali will be explaining this topic much more along with our scan results with exogenous @justpruvit ketones and without, what the scans mean, why we are the way we are, and how we can change our brains with and without exogenous ketones.

🤔Comment any questions or concerns and I’ll do a LIVE to answer those questions.🤗

Josh P. 💚🧠✌️

2 Years Ago – Dave Mirra

There are no words for the impact Dave Mirra had on my life, on and off my bike. It’s still so surreal that today is 2 years since Dave left us in this physical life.

The top left photo shows my back tattoo from Brian Lee to hold Dave with me for the rest of my life and have a daily reminder of the life I live and why that is possible. The middle photo is from when I was 12 and first met Dave on the Dave Mirra Super Tour. Bottom left was the second to last day I saw Dave after a lunch with him and Scott Wirch in Greenville, NC. Bottom right is some of the last comments Dave shared with me on here in regards to some posts about his Animal House. Top right is just the way I want to remember Dave- a boss handling business. 😎 💪🏽

To read more of my thoughts on Dave’s passing and impact on my life, check my blog from 2 years ago.

-Josh P.

RIP, Dave Mirra

Exactly one year ago I got the chance to say I love you and express my gratitude for this man. Little did I know it would be the last time I’d have the chance to do so and am grateful for this moment as well as the gut feeling of asking Dave Mirra to lunch that day.

It was a random urge to pick up the phone and ask Dave to catch up and have some lunch, and  I’m glad it happened. I’m not full of words today to express my feelings for this photo. All I have to share today is how honored I am to have had the chance to make a dream of mine come true, and then some.

I got to not only compete with Dave but got to train with him on a daily basis, hang out with Dave outside of riding, get to meet him family, and get to call my idol/hero/mentor my friend. What an honor to do so. I’m left with nothing but love and gratitude for Dave, the path he paved for me in my career and life with #bmx, and all he taught me.

Thanks, Dave and I love you, man! 

-Josh P.

Authenticity

Authenticity 

au·then·tic: of undisputed origin; genuine.

Along with my journey in life, guys like Dave Mirra and Mike Laird have gone above and beyond to take me under their wing and teach me about BMX and life in general. The most important thing one can do is be authentic. Stand out and be true to yourself, on and off the bike. Anyone that knows me knows that I’m 100% authentic, genuine, and transparent. I don’t have anything to hide and I have embraced who I am and what I have to offer the world. 

This tattoo is a tribute to just that in the form of a story. A story that starts with where I come from, meeting my hero that sparked the drive and passion for the life I live now, and all that I’ve overcome along the way. The path to success isn’t as easy as most think. It involves lots of failures, heartaches, pain, sacrifices, and drive to succeed. 

Dave showed me what the inner strength to overcome anything life throws at me looks like and I’m forever grateful. Our mindsets our reality and is what allows us to push through when we want to give up. I’ve been in so many situations where I was broken, mentally and physically, and wanted to give up. A part of me wouldn’t let me and that part is in all of us if we want to believe in it. 

I have faith in everyone to succeed if they truly want to and my life is just an example of what’s possible. 💚✌️ 

📸 by: @bcookmedia

-Josh P.

I Love You, Dave

Saying goodbye to anyone is never a happy moment in time. The sad truth of the matter is, that’s life. We can’t have “good” without “bad”. It’s just so real when it happens to a loved one in our lives and it hurts. 

Dave was more than a BMX legend to me. He impacted the lives of millions, including myself, to a degree I don’t think anyone would understand if they had never met Dave. He was inspiring, to say the least. On a daily basis, he pushed life to grow and progress. You could never not go big enough with life. That is where I started to catch on to what life meant to me.

Dave’s words before going into a life or death brain surgery, in 2010, taught me giving up was not an option. It’s how I have lived my life for years now and will continue to do so in his honor. It’s the base behind my tattoo “Fear is just a thought, thoughts can be changed”. When Dave told me I could something, on or off my bike, it empowered me to a level I thought anything was possible without fear.

Dave is my hero, as he is to many others. He was an incredible dad to his two daughters. He was an incredible friend who’d do what he could to help others. Dave had a huge heart and passion for his life and all that it contained.

Dave is the reason I took a second look at my life and thought “how could I be healthier and perform better on my bike”. He is the catalyst for my passion towards something other than my bike, which is a much larger scale than my bike, but towards my own health and happiness. It’s what has also given me courage through brain surgery and led me to protect my brain and the risks of improper lifestyle choices that can harm our brains.

Hitting your head has consequences and the reality of that is that it’s hard to accept. I’ve become very passionate about my brain and it’s thanks to guys like Dave and his influence in my life, in which I can’t explain, that have led me to seek out how to progress that aspect of my life and its importance. I’m forever thankful for that, Dave. 💚

I’ll always remember Dave as the hard working, passionate, most driven person I’ve ever met and my biggest role model. I’ll always remember the morning sessions in Greenville and my learning tricks or be trying ridiculous gaps because Dave said I could do it, or pushed me to do it because he had faith in me

It wasn’t until recently that I learned how much love and respect Dave had for me.  I asked Dave to lunch to talk about my goals for Bmx and my dreams that scared me. Dave was behind me 100% and told me I got it. That was all I needed to hear to learn once again we can do whatever it is we want in our lives. 

I can’t even put into words the amount of respect I have for that man. It’s a dream come true and an honor to call him my friend after working so hard to just meet him on my bike one day. When I can ride, I’m riding in Dave’s honor. I am going to go even bigger on and off my bike. 

I love you, Dave! Ride In Peace