Becoming a Nomadic tribe again

Humans, for countless generations, and still for many to this day, are nomadic creatures.

Nature had a way of making most Humans plans for staying in one location for too long quite untenable, with hurricanes, droughts, floods , earthquakes and pestilence teaching us the hard way to move our lazy butts along to a new place.

But as societies expanded and technologies advanced, we were more and more able to fight back against Natures wrath, flourishing in many places where logic would deem we move on from.

Some would call this a positive thing, that we could stake our claim to land and make a home wherever we choose to, but as I alluded to above, many of the places Humans have decided to build cities are just not logical.

Creating a home beside active volcanoes, in earthquake ridden areas and a host of other places have caused the death of hundreds of thousands.

Beyond that the land has suffered from our continual presence in one area, having no time to rejuvenate itself as it did in the past as we would move from one fertile soil area to another.

And on an individual level I believe this has stagnated people as well.  Many people from western cultures will never leave their place of birth, even if the town or city has no more jobs or does not suit their value system, instead sticking put and putting a huge strain on countries financial resources to take care of them.

Some things are worth fighting for, personally I don’t believe a piece of land or building is if you are starving because there are no jobs in your area.

Being a nomad, allowing yourself the freedom to move is essential to the future as the job market and the environment shift.

It is also, I believe, at the core of being Human. We are all built to move, that is why walking is such a liberating experience for our minds.

Changing to a new town or city or even country can push your boundaries past their comfort zones and help you grow deeply as a person and I think it would help many people to pull themselves out of that feeling of being stuck that many of us come to feel.

Obviously there are difficulties in moving for many people due to financial or medical situations, but at the end of the day if something is best for you than we must put all our effort into making it come to fruition.

Sometimes it is as simple as moving an hour away from your home town, the world is a big place full of opportunity.

At the core of what I am saying is more so the idea that becoming too attached to places and even objects can severely hamper our abilities to grow as a people and we must not let our fear of change stop us from having these experiences.

So be free and patient with yourself  and get out there and explore my giant nomadic tribe.

Steady effort

When it comes to being in shape, consistency is key.

But too many people get caught up in the minutiae, creating programs and perfect 10 year visions of how they want to progress.

Now if you are someone who is a professional athlete this makes complete sense, but for the average  person getting bogged down in these things can be a huge mistake. The most important thing to getting in shape is just to do physical activity, and as I said earlier, do it consistently.

It doesn’t matter what it is, just do it every day and do it well. Walk, run, jump around, get your blood flowing and your muscles straining, and you will be a better, stronger human being as the years go by.

There is no secret sauce, just the miracle of steady effort.

Finding our limits

We have become a soft society, seeking out ways to maximize our comfort and minimizing any kind of discomfort.

This may seem like a good thing, and it is in some ways, there is nothing inherently wrong with being comfortable and finding more efficient ways to do things, especially when it frees up time to do what you truly wish to do.

But unfortunately this seems to lead us to two different extremes.

There are those who wallow in comfort, never getting out of their comfort zone, and subsequently causing a myriad of psychological and physiological issues in the process. Then we have people who cannot seem to recognize that we all have limits and we need to respect those limits before our systems break down as well.

There is a fine line we must balance upon, the idea is to find your limit and very gently cross it, and then retreat and allow ourselves to adapt over time to a new limit and so on.

But many people just don’t take the time for the  introspection it requires to know your limits and overcome them in a healthy manner, while others simply never even begin the search in the first place.

Human beings are adapters, probably the greatest species to ever come into existence on this planet, because our limits, although many, are still radically small compared to the limits of most creatures on this planet.

We should be grateful for this, and push ourselves to be the best we can be, but within reason, and not to the detriment of other things in our lives, like our health and the health and happiness of those we care for.

Find your limits, push them, but remember that life will push back, and it is a hell of a lot stronger than we are.

 

Take a walk

There are a multitude of stressors in our modern society.

Work, friends, family, traffic, there never seems to be an end to the swarm of little irritations that can pile up on you daily.

Many people escape this chronic stress by distracting themselves with social media, tv shows, alcohol, drugs, and fawning over their dogs.

I would argue that a much better way to relieve that stress is taking a simple walk, preferably in nature. Our brains have developed to expect the calm of a forest or plain, it wants us to walk in silence and just be in the moment, to revel in the solitude of our minds.

It’s when we take some time without constant inputs of information and just let the mind empty that our subconscious can really work out problems and grow. This is how creativity blossoms, not during a never ending stream of instagram videos and netflix binges.

I think the world would be a little bit better to live in if we all just took some more walks.

Try it, you just might like it.

Just get it done

All it takes is one decision to change the direction of your day.

It doesn’t matter what happened yesterday, a week ago, years ago.

And it doesn’t matter what happens tomorrow.

All that matters is today.

This moment, this choice.

To do the thing that you know will make you feel successful.

And not that fake success of instagram, posting a picture of yourself doing something just for a like.

That deep satisfaction of knowing you did a good job, you did your best, you did what you needed to do as a human animal.

The simple things.

Be kind to those around you, even when they are not.

Be focused, be disciplined.

Lift that weight, take that walk, clean that mess, make your bed.

Don’t wait for tomorrow, because tomorrow doesn’t matter.

All that matters is today, and you know you need to get this done.

So just get it done.

Your body deserves more than junk food

People need to start thinking of a lack of movement as junk food for the body.

We all know that dumping pounds of chips, soft drinks and candy down our mouths is not the most efficient way of fueling our systems. In an ideal world we would all recognize that staying slouched in the same position for 3 hours staring at a screen is not the most efficient way of fueling our systems either.

The musculoskeletal system, digestive system, nervous system, detoxification system and even your brain are all interconnected and require movement to function at their optimal capacity.

You don’t need a 16 week fitness challenge to help them along either!

Just move, a lot!

And have fun doing it!