Defending yourself

Self-defence is an important skill to have.
More than important. It is an essential skill to have.
Because (unfortunately) there are lots of assholes out there.

Assholes who won’t think twice about hurting you.
Assholes who take pleasure from inflicting pain on others.
Assholes who want to take the easy way out and would prefer to take from you what’s yours rather than work for it themselves.

Things are pretty good these days, especially if you live in one of the Western countries.

Security is better.
There are cameras everywhere.
Law and order are generally pretty good.
But shit still happens.
All the fucking time.

Lots of robberies happen every day.
Lots of thefts happen every day.
Lots of rapes happen every day.
Lots of assaults happen every day.

So yes things are much much better than they used to be.
Society is more civilised, and it is safer.
But shit still happens.

So it is better to be prepared.

Hopefully, you’ll never need to use it.
But it is better to know and never need it, than need it and not know it.

Learn how to defend yourself.
It might save your life one day.
Or that of a loved one.

P.S. Self-defence is also a great form of exercise, so do it as a way to keep your body and mind sharp, if nothing else.

The thing about meds

We have become far too reliant on medication.
There’s a medication for every little thing these days.
Even children are being medicated heavily.

This quick-fix culture of resorting to meds for every little thing does our health more harm than good.
Don’t just take my word for it, do your own research to find out how meds impact your health.

The human body is an incredible machine , and it is very capable of healing itself, if given the chance.
Sometimes it needs help, but not always.

Meds are very useful, but only when used appropriately.
So I’m not suggesting you stop taking meds altogether, but that we need to be more mindful about their usage.

Think for yourself, don’t just take meds because it’s the easy fix.

Question for thrill seekers and adventure junkies

The pursuit of peril is big business these days.
Like when people pay for climbing impossible cliffs and mountains, or to get on the most dangerous rides, or to have the most dangerous food…
The risk is the thrill.

Very few things are as thrilling as knowing that you could die at any minute.
To a hard core logician like me it all seems a bit bizarre, but I’m fascinated nonetheless.

Are you an adventure junkie?
What’s the hairiest experience you’ve had?
What made you want to do it, and how did it feel?

Let me know in the comments.
I’m curious to learn!

Happy Friday!

Your biggest enemy

Can you guess who your biggest enemy is?
The well-wisher who often harms you in the name of helping you?
The one who gets in your way a lot?
The one who holds you back the most?

It’s you.
To be more specific, it’s your subconscious mind.

Here’s the thing: your subconscious mind, in an attempt to keep you safe, uses excuses to prevent you from doing the things you need to do.
And it does that, a lot.
And often very effectively.

Excuses are really useful.
They are useful to justify why you can’t do certain things.
Why you can’t progress.
Why you can’t have the life of our dreams. Excuses make it easy to avoid responsibility.

Let’s face it, taking responsibility is hard.
When you take responsibility, you need to make decisions, and often that involves getting out of your comfort zone and putting yourself out there.

When you take responsibility, you have no one else to blame.
Life is easy when you have others to blame for the crap in your life.

However, you do have a choice, a way out so to speak.
Only because this is how things are does not mean it is how they have to be.
Your status quo does not need to be your norm forever.

The choice you will need to make won’t be easy, or comfortable, but it will get you on the path to progress.
Here’s the choice (your way out): take responsibility for your own destiny.

Your only limit is your mind.
So get out of your own way.

Your perceptions matter more than you think

Your perception colours your experience.
Every. Single. Time.

What makes an experience or ordeal “bad” isn’t the experience itself, but rather your perception of it.
The same goes for “good” experiences.

If you think about an event as good, than it is good.
Likewise, of you think of an event as bad, that’s exactly how your mind will perceive it.

Your perception impacts everything.

This is why the exact same event can be viewed as good, or bad, by different people.
This is why why the same thing is good to some, and bad to others.
It’s all down to your perception.

Now here’s the challenge is negative perceptions:
When you attach the “bad” label to something, that gets defined as a threat by your brain. So rather than improving your life, making you stronger and learning from it, your brain will do everything to keep you away from it, and create triggers and defence mechanisms to prevent such events from occurring in the future.

Here’s the irony:
All that sort of behaviour does is the opposite of improving your life or keeping you safe – it will end up keeping you stuck.
It stops you from attempting and persuing things in case another “bad” event happened.
It results in you living in fear.

That’s no way to live.

It’s important to understand that nothing is inherently good or bad.
And the best thing you can do when you do experience something challenging, is learn from it.
That’s the only way when life gives you lemons, you can make lemonades.

Facing and dealing with challenges is the only way to have a great life.
That is the only way you will grow.
That’s the only way you will get better, and stronger.
The only way you will unlock your potential.

Choose wisely.
Be mindful of your perceptions.