If you’re lost … join the club. We all are. It’s just that some of us are pretending not to be. Or we do a great job of looking confident, self-assured, and kick-ass. But inside? We’re just a mess like everybody else.
If you’re down-hearted … pick yourself up.Stop complaining. That’s the first step to feeling better. Keep telling your victim story and you stay the victim. Move forward. New memories are made every day. Even if life has been shitty to you, it doesn’t have to stay that way. Change your thoughts, change your words, change your mojo, now.
If you’re on top of the world and everything is going absolutely fantastic for you … be grateful. Boast less, give thanks more. Most people won’t tell you when you’re being a jackass, so you better learn to cap that tendency yourself. (And if you do have someone in your life who will tell you when you’re being a fool? Be grateful for them. The truth hurts, but it will save you.) Yes, it’s great to be happy. But make sure to share the wealth, and keep an eye on the redline on your Jackass-Meter.
If you’re reading this … be grateful you have the time and ability to do so. You’re probably not worried about your safety, your next meal, or if you’ll see another day. There’s no IED buried on your road, no IV bag hooked up to your arm, and you probably have enough money to go to the grocery store and buy a healthy meal.
Perspective: eat it with breakfast every morning. Then go forth and make something of yourself and the day.
This is a picture of me back in 2009 when I went camping in Yosemite National Park, California. It was the summer of my junior year in college, me and two other friends had no plans other then hike the national park. We slept on peoples couches, hitch hiked from San Francisco to Yosemite. We ended up staying in the mountain for 3 weeks, hiking back every 4-5 days to the park to restock food. We traveled over 250mile on feet.
Looking back I’m “grateful” for these experiences. They shaped me into a better man. I learned how to be more independent, fight fear in the face, and learned how to take everyday one day at a time. Because in the wild those qualities, if not learned quickly, could literally mean the difference between life or death. In the real world, it’s not much different. Instead of death, it’s sadness.
I choose to be happy. It’s a constant battle of creating independence so that I can eventually have a family to raise without financial constraints, learning to fight fear in the face when things get hard, and taking one day at a time for sanity sake.
12 Back Squats @185/135
12 Push Jerk @135/95
-REST 1 minute in between.
5 Deadlifts @275
25 Situps (straight let)