Sunday, August 26, 2018

ask and yee shall receive

Ask And Yee Shall Receive...

and don't ignore it when you get it.

or "Last Minute Thinking Through My Fingers"

Hello all. Hope you are well. I am trying to get a post in before classes start August 27th. I'm taking a full load and if you add income generation (i.e. a job), possible extracurricular activities, and trying to maintain an active lifestyle on top of that I do not foresee having much free time for blog posts in the next few months.

Note: I think this is about the, no lie, sixth version of this post since I started writing it a week and half ago.

Asking...and ignoring

There is someone in my day-to-day life that has had plenty of wake-up calls but has barely altered their lifestyle in light of them. This same person asks me for advice all of the time. I'll offer advice and then the person promptly disregards what I say. I have gotten to the point of wondering why they even bother asking me what I think about anything. It's just a huge fucking waste of both our times. Actually, I think it's just because the person likes the sound of their own voice. It really pisses me off.

I asked. I received. I ignored.

Alas, I have no right to be pissed off because I did the exact same thing. I reached out and asked for advice and promptly received very clear answers. Maybe someday I will fully explain what happened but all you need to know is that the solution to my problem was very practical and made sense. However, instead of following the advice, I chose to do the opposite and it fucked me.

On top of that, some shit went down about two weeks ago or so that was a huge fucking wake-up call for me. It was a big slap upside the head and reminder that "You ain't there yet, dummy!" A lot of insecurities and issues I thought I had worked through were still there. They popped up to make themselves known and shout "We're still here asshole!" It was definitely a wake-up call.

Yet, the thing about wake-up calls is, as time passes, they become easier and easier to ignore. All I can say is that I am doing my best to be proactive and not ignore it.

Vegan Pizza Is Bullshit

I'm over the whole Vegan/Plant-based thing. I am hesitant to go into all of the details surrounding why I jettisoned that way of eating. I will just say that it's not because it was too hard. It has never been easier to eat a plant-based diet...especially in Southern California. I don't think I'm being lazy. Like I said, it is really easy to eat a plant-based diet. I've been eating mostly plants for months. I still plan on eating mostly plants. I don't have any plans on shoveling massive amounts of beef, pork and poultry into my face any time soon. I've made quite a bit of progress on my health and fitness in the last few months and have no plans on undoing it.

I will say this though: I am really sick of all these bullshit labels (any kind of -ism, -ist, and -ian) we put on ourselves. Social media is rife with ideological purity and very often if you don't have the right label or fall in line perfectly with someone else's ideology you're suddenly "terrible" or "garbage". It is by no means unique to "Left" or "Right" culture. I don't care what you're calling yourself. All I care about is if you are a good person? Do you treat others well? Even online?

Beyond the self-labeling, I absolutely cannot stand dogma (in the definition of dogma as a "prescribed doctrine proclaimed as unquestionably true by a particular group") and dietary dogma is beyond annoying.

As far as day-to-day eating goes, I'm fairly convinced that Michael Pollan has it right. It's nice and simple and free from dogma:

  1. Eat food. [note: Michael means real food, not processed junk.] 
  2. Not too much. 
  3. Mostly plants.

A final word on diet

I'm still very curious about the relationship between diet and health. I intend to put as much Rich Roll, No Meat Athlete, Found My Fitness (with Dr. Rhonda Patrick), Chris Kresser, and Robb Wolf into my ear-holes and eyeballs as I can handle. I'll figure it all out for myself at some point. Ok. I've said what I needed to say. I'm shutting up about diet from here on out.


I'm coming to terms with the fact that this is just a personal blog. I'm not really promoting or selling anything, nor am I an expert in anything. As I mentioned in the last post, I'm over the whole "challenge" concept. So, I'm moving away from what I originally envisioned this all to be. From now on I plan on talking about the things I really nerd out on like: un*x (I've been having a lot of fun playing around with the BSDs again), occultism, and all-things Japan. I understand that if I'm talking about FreeBSD one day, the Rose Cross Ritual the next, and then ranting about how expensive college text books are after that, very rare is the person who would be interested in all of those topics.

Basically, what I'm trying to say is, shit gon' get weird around here. You have been warned. 😆

This is all being said with an understanding that blogging has, for the most part, been a dead medium for years. I hope to branch out into different platforms to supplement/compliment anything posted here, but that is still a ways off.

Anywho, I have a ton of things I need to do before tomorrow so I'll end this here.

Peace☮ + Pizza🍕

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