People really do suck sometimes.
We trash our bodies, we trash nature, we keep building and expanding because, hell, we can, and “it’s all about making more money!”. Then we buy crap that we have no need for and spend our lives complaining about everything. We don’t need more outlet malls and high rises. We don’t need more fast food joints and fancier cars. We don’t need more ways to disconnect from the world. But we want all that. So we make it.
We leave in our wake an endless pile of sick and disabled and angry people, ruined nature, and a rapidly expanding problem of an eroding earth and ozone, and extinct animals. We are the single most destructive force on this planet.
We hide behind our climate controlled houses and big screen TVs. We rely on our countless food options, our cars, busses, and planes to comfortably take us anywhere we please. And then, because we have everything we want at our fingertips, we don’t know what to do with ourselves. So we bitch to each other about how hard our lives are.
The picture above sums up to me just how destructive and completely unaware so many people are. We get together with our friends, drive in our comfortable cars to the liquor store to buy pre-packaged alcohol in big boxes. Then we head out to the woods so we can “get away” from our horrible lives back home. We then drink in the woods and toss our waste amongst the trees because, hey, it’s cool, and it’s easy to just be done with it.
How many of you define relaxing trips as going to an even nicer place of living than you already have, eating even crappier food than you already eat, drinking more alcohol than you already drink, and being more lazy than you already are?
I’m sorry your life is so miserable.
It’s sad and unfortunate that we’ve redefined what it means to be human. Now it’s destruction in the form of innovation (cities, highways, shopping communities). It’s disconnecting in the form of fake and surface level interactions (social media), and it’s weak, entitled minds because we’ve completely lost the intuition to survive (thanks to big houses, security systems, packaged food, etc). Yet we still want more, want it to be easier, make fun of our friends, say incredibly ignorant things on the internet (or enjoy reading other peoples ignorant statements for hours) and live in fear for some reason.
Now we complain when our internet is running slightly slower because our TV shows won’t load on our tablets so we can lie in king sized beds with down comforters and watch Game Of Thrones. One of the most common things I hear is people whining and moaning about how crappy the technology they choose to rely on is. Do you realize how insane this is? The very things we use to avoid a better, healthier life, we complain constantly about it not being up to a standard we can’t even comprehend. We now expect the computer in our pocket, and the ability to get almost anything we want within minutes to be faster and better!
And what are we all so scared of? Expensive security systems, guns “for protection”, deadbolts, security camera, and on and on. We have all these things and we still live in fear. But what we should be most scared of is ourselves. Most of us can’t run for more than a minute without keeling over out of breath. Most of us would have no idea how to procure food if our local whole foods wasn't available to us. Most of us would take to the internet to express our deep anger and annoyance of not being able to sleep because our king sized bed and 1200 thread-count sheets were not available to us.
Get your god damn hands dirty. Get lost in the woods at night and you’ll realize so quickly that all your insignificant little fears are just flat out ridiculous. We are humans, the most intelligent species on the planet. Yet we scream and run when we see a spider in our house, and crank the heat when a crisp winter breeze comes through. We have become slaves to our creations and lost touch with just how great life can be.
Here’s a thought:
Live in your incredible house, with the ability to control the temperature at the touch of a finger. Sleep in your soft, warm bed. Lounge on your couch and watch your TV. Drive in your car, listing to your favorite music while drinking $5 coffee and pick up a gourmet meal that someone else prepared for you. Text your friends on the computer in your pocket all while looking up a place to shove dessert down your gullet and posting a picture of that dinner you just ate on all your social media accounts. Walk down the paved sidewalk in designer shoes and comfortable clothing you purchased from the mall. Drop into any store at any time to pick up literally anything you feel you need. Visit family and friends any time you want. Join community events and surround yourself with like minded people that you can connect with at any level you please. Do all this, please!
Stop taking all these things in your life for granted and practice a little gratitude. Take a second and realize that the crap you want to complain about is insignificant. That all you’ll do is bring other people down with you in your bitterness and anger. Learn to shut your mouth, smile, and fully appreciate just how incredible your life actually is. Every time you want to open up and talk about how bad traffic is, how slow your phone is, or how much your family, or boss, or employees, or anything pisses you off, DON’T!
Acknowledge the good. Verbalize something positive. And it doesn't matter who you are, you have TONS of positive in your life. You just need to take a moment and remember that.
And most of all, know that complaining about things YOU chose to have in your life makes you an asshole. It’s cliche, but think about what your life could be like in a third world country, or if it was 1000 years ago. Think about what would happen if you lost it all. Maybe for a second you can realize just how good you have it and maybe your life won’t be as miserable as it is.
Yes I'm angry. But I'm also so incredibly grateful that I have the ability and a platform to reach so many people and make them think. I was able to get pre-warmed soup, drive out to the woods in my warm clothes and meditate for a while. I walked away from that trashed area and got lost in the incredibly peaceful woods deep in the hills of the northern Santa Cruz mountains, it was perfect. I get to do that almost any time I choose. I am so lucky to be able to have access to something that supplies me so much peace. When I got back to my car I sat against a tree with my iPhone and wrote all this out before driving back into society. I got caught in traffic, I barista messed up my coffee order, and a few people acted out a bit at the gym during evening classes. Those things bothered me but that's not what took over my day. The overriding feeling I had going to bed was gratitude. I am thankful every day for all the good in my life. I hope all of you can take a moment and be thankful as well.
And for the love of god, pick up your trash!
Never Stop, GET FIT.
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