We all have an inner warrior, a way we like to take on a challenge, ourselves, or the world and make changes for the better. But are you a peace warrior, an action hero warrior, a love warrior, an activist warrior, or a rebel warrior? This quiz will help you find out, give you new ideas about how to be a warrior, and maybe inspire you to come up with other types of warriors that suit you.
Excerpted from Zen Teen by Tanya Carroll Richardson. Copyright © 2018. Available from Seal Press, an imprint of Perseus Books, LLC, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group, Inc.
You are an action hero warrior! Roll up your sleeves, because if you’re not doing something you are getting ready to do something. You like to meet life, goals, and challenges head on. You sometimes jump in feet first without looking, though, so try to do a little planning and impulse control. If something needs to be done, you are the person for the job, because you’re great at making things happen. Remind yourself to slow down, though, so you can sit back and savor your accomplishments. You see the cup as half full and always feel there is a chance at victory, which is why you try so hard and put your whole self into your efforts.
Your warrior superpower: Bringing hope and optimism to the world and inspiring others with your achievements.
Action hero warriors in pop culture: LeBron James, Richard Branson, Oprah
You are a peace warrior! Picture someone chilling out in the lotus pose . . . that’s your favorite attitude. You’re great at surrendering and looking at life as a fascinating adventure, and not being reactive or taking other people’s bait. You’re also aces at avoiding unnecessary drama and taking a philosophical attitude to setbacks. However, peaceful does not always mean passive. Don’t let anyone take advantage of your easygoing attitude, and if you really want something, fight for it.
Your warrior superpower: Showing the world that strength can be steady and calm and teaching others nonattach-ment through your example.
Peace warriors in pop culture: Deepak Chopra, Tina Turner, the Dalai Lama
You are an activist warrior! Injustice, watch out, there’s a new sheriff in town. You don’t wait for someone else to tell you what is right and wrong—you feel it in your gut. Especially when someone is being treated unfairly. Do your part to change the world, but realize you will never change everything and everyone you disagree with. Focus on the good you can do and know that every small step toward more equality and compassion counts, big time.
Your warrior superpower: Acting as the conscience of the world and encouraging others to take care of each other and the planet.
Activist warriors in pop culture: Malala Yousafzai, Bill and Melinda Gates, Leonardo DiCaprio, Amal Clooney
You are a love warrior! It hurts you to see other people or animals hurting, because you can actually feel their emotions. You are sensitive and possess a big heart and can look at a situation from many perspectives. This makes you a natural diplomat. Just don’t become a natural doormat. Have strong emotional boundaries so you can live grounded and in your own skin.
Your warrior superpower: Bringing more unconditional love and acceptance into the world, especially to those people who are wounded, in conflict, or need it most.
Love warriors in pop culture: Ellen DeGeneres, Van Jones, Dolly Parton
You are a rebel warrior! But you probably already knew that! Rebels are hard to miss . . . they are always doing the unexpected, cutting-edge stuff. Walking on the wild side is something you like to do every single day. Only make sure that your need to be nonconformist does not cause you to miss out on things you really want to do just because they fall into the “normal” category. Never judge a book by its cover, and you are often a walking contradiction—which means you are always interesting. You are good at seeing people for who they are and like to have friends of all different personality types and backgrounds.
Your warrior superpower: Blazing your own trail, being a visionary, and showing others that they should be true to their individuality.
Rebel warriors in pop culture: Peter Dinklage, JAY-Z, Lady Gaga, Laverne Cox
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