Monday, March 24, 2014

HOW TO KILL YOURSELF

I was talking to a friend who was feeling incredibly upset and frustrated at certain things in his life. On top of that, he was lost for direction of what he wanted to do with his future and was awfully down and depressed.

I asked him " What do you love? "

Blank stare.

" What makes you feel thankful to be alive? "

He thought about it for a while, then answered forlornly " Nothing. "

" Okay. Maybe there is nothing in life that regularly excites you right now. But look back and recap the years of your life. There must have been instances you felt your heart pound so fast you thought it would explode, a frighteningly delicious thrill that ran down your spine and made you quiver. What were they? "

He pondered. His eyes lit up. The beginnings of a smile tugged the corners of his mouth.

" When I was 15, I stole a candy bar. My friends and I ran away as hard and fast as we could, then finally collapsed amidst gasps of laughter with utter relief and terror, giddily drunk high on exhilaration. "

I responded

" I don't think it was the specific act of taking a candy bar in itself. It was stepping outside the shackles of monotony and going against the cogs of the mundane, defying expectations, challenging the norm, saying 'to hell with the rules' that brought you that burst of sheer freedom and pure ecstasy. "

" Well guess what? You CAN relive it, in fact over and over again. "

" You can't go on doing the same things you've been doing for the past 5 years and expect to wake up to a different tomorrow, that things will all of a sudden drastically change for the better. " 

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" So do something that terrifies you. That goes against and destroys the very person that you are so unhappy with right now. Put an end to this boring, meaningless, unfulfilled life that you hate, and start doing it today. "

" It doesn't have to be something gargantuan like trekking to the North Pole or conquering Mt Everest or hacking your way through the Amazon jungle. "

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" Start a conversation with a random person. Leave your destructive relationship. Run a 5k. Climb onto the roof and lie facing the stars. Perform in front of a crowd. Go on a road trip. Join a society. Apply for an internship. Buy a plane ticket to anywhere. Start reading (and finish!) a book. Learn the guitar. Write and submit an article. 
Ask someone in queue to share a deal (like those 2-for-1 promos). Go on a hike. Donate blood. Tell someone who's been bothering you. "


" Take a different route home. Ask her out. Try out for a team. Share your umbrella with a stranger. Volunteer in something you're passionate about. Compliment someone on their outfit. Paint. Go rock climbing. Try stand up comedy. Sing your heart out on stage (or a Youtube cover). Lift some weights. Write a song. Get a (part-time) job. Shave your head (or maybe just change your hairstyle). Sit with someone who's eating alone. "

For every time that you do something which terrifies you to death ; a tiny part of the old you dies inside, allowing yourself to be reborn a little more towards the person you desire to be and bringing you a step closer to living the life you want.


                        

Friday, March 21, 2014

DIAMONDS

When pressure comes :

1) You can choose to feebly succumb, painfully crumble to dust and thence sink into meaningless oblivion amidst the raging hurricane that is life. 

   or

2) You can fiercely grit your teeth, hold your head high, embrace the intensity, fearlessly plunge into the furnace. 

And emerge such a blindingly brilliant diamond that your demons will gnash their teeth, throw their heads back, and howl with rage from inane madness of the knowledge that they will be no longer able to tarnish the glittering hardness that you are.

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Steady now. Inhale. Exhale. Repeat.

Keep going. Chin up. You got this. 

You got this.

   I got this.

                        

Sunday, March 9, 2014

PISTOLS & PRESSES

This post will display the progression of movements for the Pistol Squat and Press Up. All photos taken at BodyXpress Pure Gym @ Subang Avenue with trainer Luke Lango.

   1. Progression: Pistol Squat


a) Holding arms out for balance, extend one leg in front of the other. (Increase the challenge by placing both hands behind your head.)


b) Using the standing leg, gradually lower yourself into squat position.


c) Make sure your knees do not extend beyond your toes and keep to a 90 degree angle. Return to starting position.



   2. Progression: Press Up


1. Elevate body off the ground. Assume pushup position while keeping arms as close to torso as possible.


2. Gradually lower yourself to the ground while keeping body parallel.


3. Go as low as you can, or until your chest touches the floor. Return to starting position.