Some actors can just do angry.
You get the feeling that it’s who they are. That they live in a constant state of pissed off, ready to blow up buildings and break noses.
Think Denzel Washington. He’s an actor who doesn’t have to try to be angry. I could watch that man be mad all day. Same goes for Samuel L. Jackson and Joe Pesci — fury incarnate.
Anger is an art. A quality that swirls passion and purpose only to direct them in such a way that we can’t stop watching. …
Some numbers I’ll never see again.
That’s not me giving up, losing confidence, or complaining. It’s me admitting just how much each and every personal record costs. How much each PR depends on my current behavior.
When mostly all I did was weightlift, I hit the best numbers of my life. Not surprisingly, other elements suffered. That’s generally the difference between CrossFit Games athletes and experienced CrossFitters; the former improve at everything at once, whereas the latter must focus all their energy on one thing to grow.
And that’s a good thing. It means you can spend a lifetime getting…
Shoes are loud.
At least that’s the impression you get from watching ‘A Quiet Place II.’
That, and you can tell just how far a hero is along their journey based on how jacked-up and dirty their feet are.
Except for Cillian Murphy, who inexplicably sported work boots the entire flick and seemed to hide from aliens made of ears just fine. Still trying to figure that one out. In the silent apocalypse, do only the purists go barefoot, while the selfish pricks keep their kicks?
Speaking of Cillian Murphy. The beard, the wild eyes, the grime, terror, and evident…
Throw a rock in any direction, and you’ll hit someone quoting Seneca.
He was a stoic rockstar, after all, and stoics are popular. A philosopher filled to the brim with insight and radical ideas. A man who inspired and challenged his followers in unique ways.
“Set aside a certain number of days,” Seneca said, “during which you shall be content with the scantiest and cheapest fare, with coarse and rough dress, saying to yourself the while: ‘Is this the condition that I feared?”
See what I mean by challenge?
Who wants to take a few days, much less a week…
It’s important to audit your beliefs.
Something changed the moment I read one of Marcus’ most famous meditations.
“When you wake up in the morning,” Aurelius said, “tell yourself: the people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous and surly.”
Someone, finally, understood me. Someone actually shared in my struggle. And not just anyone, the freakin’ Emperor of Rome. Knowing that he was the most powerful man on the planet and still needed a pep talk to deal with humans calmed me way down. Maybe this is just the way things are. …
After Prometheus shaped man out of clay, Zeus marveled at the Titan’s creation and said whatever the Greek word is for cool. Shortly after that, he added, glaring at Prometheus, “just don’t give them fire.”
If mankind was allowed the many wonders of fire, Zeus figured, he would presume he doesn’t need the gods anymore and start worshiping himself.
Zeus was pretty sharp.
But Prometheus didn’t buy it, and bestowed his creation with one of man’s greatest tools. …
You know the story. We all do.
It’s 1997 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Bulls are playing the Utah Jazz in Game 5 of the finals. A ghostly, abnormal version of Michael Jordan takes the floor. He looks off, confused, slow. Above all, he looks human.
No matter. Games do not abide by the feelings of men. Games continue because that’s what games do. It’s one of the many reasons we love them so much — they teach us how to live. And one of the most important lessons you can learn is no one cares how you feel…
I don’t eat a piece of pizza.
I’ve never enjoyed one cookie.
I can’t begin to imagine what it feels like to have just a taste.
When it comes to food, I lose control. I’m relentless. I can go from mindfully healthy eating to mindlessly unhealthy consuming in less time than it takes to order a Sausage McMuffin. And once I do, nothing’s stopping me. Full-on Zombie mode, except instead of brains, I can’t get enough Reese’s Cups.
For the most part, I’ve put some pretty strong chains around Zombie me. Borders, boundaries, and practices that keep me edging towards…
The challenge was simple; 150 kettlebell swings a day for 150 days. Make it happen no matter what, how, or when. That was the only rule.
I could break the swings up or do them all at once, which happened 95-percent of the time. The weight varied from 70-pounds in the beginning to 53 lb. towards the end. Nothing too heavy, nothing stupid light.
The burning questions are “was it worth it,” and “would I do it again,” and “why the hell did I do it in the first place?” And we’ll get to that. …
German philosopher, Fredrick Nietzsche, said the discipline of suffering “produced all the elevations of humanity so far?”
Nietzsche wasn’t one to hold back. He called it like he saw it, and what he saw was often way ahead of his time. In this case, Nietzsche saw a world trying its best to avoid suffering, or at most accepting it, when what we should be doing is seeking it out. Inviting it in. Having dinner with it.
Modern-day philosopher, and pretty great Podcaster, Joe Rogan, agrees.
“Do things that are difficult. It’s very important to struggle. You don’t get to know…
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