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.

The veil of civilization

There are certain moments in life which shed light on the madness that is the human existence in our technology based life.

We have had no electricity in large parts of the province for the last 2 days, and it is looking like it will be another 2 days before it all gets put back online. Luckily enough for me I happen to live 5 minutes from my work and so have spent considerable time sitting in our bistro plugged in and warm, burning through the time with reading and writing.

Outside is another matter. The disaster on the streets as people attempt to navigate without the aid of street lights, fire trucks and police going by at all times.

Technology has aided us immensely over the years,  but our reliance on it has rendered us helpless without it. Thousands of people have been left without a way to eat and stay warm inside their homes as the snow accumulates outside.

The most interesting facet is realizing the existential crisis as people deal with the loss of access to laptops, phones and televisions to entertain them at all moments of the day.

We have lost the ability to be silent within ourselves and allow our thoughts to run free, an extremely important skill to develop if you are someone looking to do creative work.

People are also unable to go a few hours without seeing a text, tweet or snap, this constant need to be in communication with the world and our friends is a trap that social media companies have ensnared us in.

The deeper realization is knowing that if these 4 days turned into 4 weeks or 4 months, that this veil of civilization that we have all built up would crumble to dust and the savagery of our species would be on full display for all to see.

We are all playing this game called “be nice”, and it would be swept away in an instant without access to food, water and shelter. It’s a sobering thought, and one that more people should be conscious of, it might lead us to actually be a bit more careful with the way we walk through life.

Don’t take things for granted. Be prepared, mentally and physically. Don’t be reliant on technology for your survival, because you never know how long it will be around for.

 

Finding purpose

Pure dedication to a cause. That intense, all consuming desire to stake your life on something you believe to be of the utmost importance to life.

People have found so many things to devote themselves to, whether it be a religion, family and friends, a lover, the freeing of a people from the shackles of tyranny, helping the poor and sick, the list goes on and on.

In our modern age, with people hyper distracted by 60 hour a week jobs that serve nopurpose but driving the consumerist machine, social media that has created a “like me” economy that mostly leads to depression and an insane need for people to make up fairy tale moments to share on facebook and instagram which then lead to other people hating themselves for not having the life of that person who is not even happy in the first place.

We have lost so much of what used to really drive people to feel fulfilled in life and replaced it with things that will never truly fill that hole in our spirit that searches for a cause that can give life meaning.

I wish I had some answer on how people can re-discover a purpose, but that is an individual journey that each of us must take.

The only advice I can give is that YOU are the one who needs to take that first step down the path to discovering that purpose, that meaning that we all require. Don’t wait until it is too late.

Your body is more than just click bait

There are many training methods vying for dominance in the world. With the rise of social media platforms such as instagram, it’s become easy for people to use their bodies to push ways of training that MIGHT get you to look good naked, but most definitely do not build a healthy mindset towards movement and fitness.

For obvious reasons, aesthetics have been the primary concern of most people looking to get in shape, and although there is nothing inherently wrong with wanting to look good naked to attract a partner, when coupled with social media, it starts to create problems for those who want people to train intelligently and with a broader view so that goals go further than just losing weight or gaining muscle.

For those of us whos interests tend to lie more with books and games and the finer things in life( YES, BOOKS ARE THE FINER THINGS IN LIFE!) , this can be especially problematic.

When you spend most of your time in your own head instead of deep within your whole body, you lose connection and the capacity to move as well as you should. It is very easy to push aside this need to move and say it’s stupid or useless or just for jocks, and seeing the social media crazed “look at my body” attention seeking we see all the time, it makes it even easier to just consider it not worth your time. 

Couple that with a general lethargy from sitting on your ass so much, and you have a bad combination if you want people to take care of themselves. It gets even more difficult when the large majority of people who do start to care about their health, tend to get all their examples of fitness from people who are just focused on looks, instead of the dysfunction we create in our modern society. Excessive sitting, phone usage, and an overall lack of knowledge as to how our bodies should work has created a group of people who move like sick, elderly people. 

We need a paradigm shift, one where we care about how good we look naked, but as a subset of our overall focus on being able to move well, be strong, and  age in a way that allows us to live as optimally as possible with the least amount of problems. 

Learn to enjoy your body. Explore it, develop it just like you would your mind, expand it’s horizons, get comfortable with it and grow into a better, stronger human that won’t be limited in any way.

And look damn good naked while you’re at it.