The #2 Pillar in Life: Physical Well-Being

The #2 Pillar in Life: Physical Well-Being

I workout for aesthetics, not athletics.

I don’t care about hitting PR’s or lifting heavier weights.
In fact, I’ve barely progressed in weights for the last two years.
Guess what? I don’t care.

I workout to maintain my figure.
I workout to look good…
it is something I’ve always shamelessly admitted.

When I look good, I am more confident.
When I am confident, I am happier.
When I am happier, I am more productive.
When I am more productive, I make more money.
When I make more money, I can do more of what I love.

Traveling, hanging out with friends, nurturing relationships, eating good food…
I seem to have more free time because I have less things to worry about.
When you have the freedom to do what you want, life suddenly becomes much more fulfilling.

Did you see how the simple act of treating your body like a temple cascades to all aspects of your life?

On airplanes, they always tell you to put the oxygen mask on yourself before helping someone else.
Think about it: How can you help someone else if you don’t take care of yourself first?

When you are taking care of yourself, you become a noticeably happier and positive person.
Positive energy attracts positive energy.
It is simply the laws of attraction.
You will in turn will be surrounded by the people you want to be around.
People you look up to. People who will only lift you higher.

“Too fab for your negativity!” You say to everyone else.

It all comes down to happiness.
… But without physical well-being, you don’t have a body to be happy in.

How can you be happy if you aren’t happy with yourself?

Take care of that temple you call your body.

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    The #1 Pillar in Life: Spirituality

    The #1 Pillar in Life: Spirituality

    I am not religious.
    I do not believe in god.
    Well I do… but I believe we are each our own God.

    Life is what YOU make of it.

    I do not depend on a deity to make my day good.
    Nor do I blame it when something goes wrong.
    I don’t pray to will and hope for things to happen.
    I go out and make it happen.

    I hold myself accountable for my own life.

    My faith is in myself.

    I try to experience the world pass what my eyes see.
    I try to be observant and notice everything around me.
    I try to be mindful of everyone and everything.
    I try to be understanding of everyone’s opinions.
    I try to be compassionate and dig for rooted truths.
    I try to be insightful and ask deeper questions.
    I try to respect that everyone has had completely different experiences in life.

    I am the person I am today due to MY past experiences and decisions.
    Everyone is the person they are today due to THEIR past experiences and decisions.

    We are constantly interacting with other people, with nature, with technology…
    We are all connected.
    To each other. To the universe.
    United, we are all one.

    Spirituality is essentially the search for connectedness, meaning, purpose, and contribution.

    Everything you see, touch, do, say and feel will affect something or someone around us.
    Be aware that gestures or words you think is insignificant may affect someone greatly.
    That’s how you suddenly feel so connected to the universe.
    That’s how you develop a deeper sense of meaning.
    That’s how you develop compassion.

    That’s how you strengthen your mental well-being.

    If you aren’t strong mentally, you won’t be able to deal with what life may throw at you.
    Surface level activities will drag you down to your demons.
    You won’t be able to comprehend hidden meanings…
    … clouded by brain fog and negativity.

    You strengthen your psych with knowledge.
    By asking questions and understanding.
    You learn to not allow external sources dictate your emotions.
    Because you realize it all comes from within.

    When you begin to develop a philosophical approach to life,
    positive attitudes, compassion and gratitude will flourish.

    You will realize how amazing it is to be alive.
    … how rare it is that we were even given this opportunity to live and breathe.

    Your psychological wealth will increase immeasurably.
    You will gain new perspectives.
    You will unearth clarity.
    You will secure hope.

    The world is constantly changing, so we must be constantly growing.
    If you aren’t adaptable, you will be left behind.

    I grow by continuously questioning myself and questioning life.

    I am on a never-ending quest of self-growth.

    Because I know happiness first comes from within.
    My path should not fall under the influence of others and society.
    My world is only what I perceive of it.

    Happiness first comes from within. It is natural for happiness to ebb and flow with life but …the world is what you make of it.

    Spirituality: “The intrinsic human capacity for self-transcendence, in which the self is embedded in something greater than the self, including the sacred.”

    It doesn’t matter where you find YOUR spirituality.
    You may find it through religion, meditation, yoga or through yourself.
    But find it.

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      Addictions Running Wild

      Addictions Running Wild

      You know you are addicted to cycling when…

      • Your phone is filled with photos of sunsets, mountains, roads and your bike. And your bike against every back drop possible.
      • When you stop checking the weather because rain or shine, you are riding anyway.
      • When you ride hundreds of kilometers a week and soon your legs are lean as fuck, and you can eat like a beast but still look great… what?! But I never even worked out! That’s right! Because cycling seems to effortless. That is the beauty of a sport that immerses you so deep into the zone and then releases all those endorphins by the time you hop off your bike. Our brains are so good at leaving out the memories of the suffering while spellbinding us the pleasant ones.
      • You instantly like the car in front of you because they have a bike rack.
      • The first thought after a crash: omg, I hope the bike is okay!
      • You go for a ride after crashing even when you shouldn’t.
      • Your requirement when condo-hunting is to be able to keep your bike inside your apartment. Can’t trust bike lockers!
      • You are constantly tripping over your bikes and helmets in your condo.
      • When you walk by someone (on foot), you almost yell out, “on your left!”
      • You have no shame in cancelling social engagements to ride.
      • Your evening going-out schedule revolves around your next morning bike ride schedule.
      • When you can never wake up early for anything but will enthusiastically jump out of bed for a 5am bike ride.
      • When you are in a car and you get that overwhelming feeling of envy while passing by a lycra-clad cyclist on a sunny day.
      • You ride more miles on your bike than most people will ever drive in their cars.
      • Your wallet is a ziplock bag.
      • You have killer legs. And you like to check out other cyclists’ legs. Especially those razor sharp calves!
      • You are constantly talking about riding bikes, forgetting that the majority of the population doesn’t give a shit. But you don’t give a shit and continue blabbering on anyway.
      • When you realize it doesn’t matter how light your bike is or how fast you go, but you just get on your bike and enjoy the ride.
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