Thursday, 10 February 2011

Ten tips on surviving life - Part 1

------- One person’s prospective this does not mean I am right! -------
I have written the below on the fly over a few hours, trying to keep it fresh by just writing my thoughts as soon as they come into my head, so obviously this mean’s there is room for improvement in spelling, formatting and correct use of structured English, but the way I feel is I write what I think right or wrong and if I could break into a museum and leave my own Sanskrit for people to understand my language I would.
 The idea behind this is not to tell people how to live their lives but the following is spawned from conversations I have had with others. So hopefully it may help others and it will help me by making conscious movements towards my goals and or at minimum get some thoughts produced good or bad.

1.       Keep healthy –eating, sleep,  and exercise 
  This one should seem pretty obvious but you would be surprised how we do not obey it well. Now what are the factors effecting our choice? We’ll I work in a shop and as I am standing there trying not to fell like a robot I look around now what do you have? Salted Crisp products, Chocolate, Alcohol, Cigarettes, Microwave meals and the smallest section you have ever seen with Potato’s Carrots and local meats from a nearby farm. Now with such a wide selections of products on offer very few actually make a healthy decision. Now I have discussed this with a friend of mine and I really liked his response “I would rather have the choice of these products than not at all” now this is very true over the centuries as market stalls have “improved” or evolved from local produce to the greater selection presented to us now by the larger corporation who can offer these products from having larger factory’s and a greater work force.
But these products are not healthy for us so try having fruit and vegetables within your diet the natural goodness helps with mental and physical stability enabling a happier mood. 


 As sleep is our way of recharging it also proves for greater moods by not sleeping too much or too little now this can be hard to train yourself to do but think of it this way its your body take control!.  When I speak to people who say they have problems getting to sleep I can only offer what works for me, I use to struggle trying to sleep and I recall speaking to the doctor about it were he recommended drinking Horlick’s before bed or going for a walk to burn off the last of my energy. Now neither of these worked for me and Horlick’s tastes like licking the gloves of a local bin man. (No disrespect to bin men here) and talking a walk around the village with the cold wind in my face woke me up more if anything. So what do I do now? I shut my eyes and can either focus on the many thought bouncing around my head in a style of meditation or try to focus on the darkness and not let any of my thoughts have more than a split second of my concentration then like boom it is morning or I am dreaming. Other factors to consider make sure you are not stressed if you are exercise a few hours before planned sleep to distress and make sure you are comfy in a quiet room.

 Now I will write a short article soon on DMT and Lucid dreaming for this is when sleeping and dreams become fun but for now I will leave it here.

 Exercise no matter how great or small is good for the body now we all know this so I will keep it short it releases Endorphins which make us feel good, increases are immune system, helps with depression, sleep disorders, increases sexual attraction and can fight off later internal issues with the body.

2.       Asking “stupid” questions
 From birth we learn very fast, constantly asking question now it is pretty near impossible to absorb the knowledge from everyone and everything around us no matter what these “Mensa” people are raised to believe. Whoever originated the word stupid needs a slap in my opinion it just puts people down and does not have any positive influence at all. So what am I getting at? I am talking about that question you want to ask but feel embarrassed if you did I think this mentality originates from school so the children must get this from there parents somewhere along the line. Now I am 24 going on 25 and as long as I have known, I get the words “there” and “their” the wrong way round when writing and I have carried this unknowingly for several years until it dawned on me that instead of getting it wrong all the time why not ask someone? Obviously it is the sort of question that school is meant to have instilled in you and obviously I did not learn it correctly. Now after dealing with the “embarrassment” emotion and slight “nervousness” for being set up for someone to put you down using a negative word like “stupid” I thought fuck it asked the question, dealt with the situation and now I know there is used in the context of “Paul and Sam are over there” and “Paul and Sam are off to their English lesson”.  If anyone has a so called “stupid” question email me I will research it for you and not judge. Remember “even a genius asks questions”

3.       Be able to adapt in any situation and keep calm
 Now this is probably the hardest on the list to master as a lot of random stuff happens all the time and it can be hard to keep calm and make the right decision at the drop of a hat. Now personal I have seen way, way to much strange stuff but I hope I am improving on keeping my cool cause it is a mad world after all. Some example are cars on fire, being mugged,  people with huge knifes, watching others hack on glass pipes, being started on by midgets (apology if not politically correct) and millions and millions of other weird moments that I will keep to myself.  But what have I learnt and how can it help you?

 Well “Shit happens” haha and depending on how much you look for it or leave your circle depends on how much you see, but in most these situations it involves you a crazy person and bystanders. Now if the crazy person has focussed their attention on you in an aggressive way, you need to quickly size up the situation look for exits, see if there’s any reasoning to be done with the individual, and maintain a distance, also bare in mind whoever the person is there human after all and you can normally tell how much they want to go through with what there doing by the look in their eyes “the gate to a person’s soul” some people are better at handling situation and snap into it one example of this was my friend Ray we were outside a pub chilling when a car pulled out and a cyclist ploughed into the side of the car. Now being the example of why not to reproduce the family got out and instead of consoling the guy who had crashed on the bike they shouted at him and approached him like they were going to beat him up, I have no compassion for these people they are dead to me but any who Ray being the man of the moment quickly leaped in diffused the situation and tried getting the kid of the family out of the car who is in a very bad traffic black spot. So with this said maybe some people are better at reacting or have just had more experience to fall back on either way he was on top of the situation by adapting to the environment and solved what could have been a disgusting site.
 I would love to get his opinion on this subject but from what I gathered it was his compassion that drove him to act how he did, My summary is controlled breathing helps, and most situation you can talk your way out of by sympathising after working out what fuelled the person to act the way they did be it relationship issues, money problems, work problems, disrespected the quite rare luckily fact that sometimes people are just a**holes these people should be avoided like the plague, this is when it’s ok to run as quick as your little legs can move.    

       4.       Take the next step
The best example of this is when I was speaking to a friend the other day and they were saying they were slightly worried about moving to an area were they do not know anyone. Now taking the next step is really hard it’s taking a leap into an unknown territory outside of your comfort zone. Now if we think of this scenario for a second realistically what is the chances of my friend spending the next few years sat on their own in a dark room rocking back and forth and not knowing anyone? It’s very unlikely to happen so how do we meet new people once we’ve made the step to live in this new area? We’ll look at your friends around you, were do you know then from? If it’s not from school, it’s from work or hobbies and social activities. Even meeting people in a pub is a social activity. We are all social beings some more than others but when taking the next step and this could be moving house, taking a new job, travelling or whatever you want to do try thinking in a Doctor Pepper way “What’s the worse that can happen” and nine times out of ten it will be a struggle but it’s not as bad as the worrying chemical’s swishing around in your brain will have you believe.

5.       Illness 
We all get ill from time to time with the most common being a cold that does not have a known cure but like most of these viral infections that attach themselves to us throughout the average year we have a “solution” for all of them thanks to the good people at company’s such as GlaxoSmithKline one of the richest company’s in the world (and funnily enough even have there name on my Microsoft World spell checker!!) offering just about any chemical stimulant to solve the problem, one of the most popular medications for any type of illness is paracetamol . Now I remember the nurse when I was at school, all she could physically do in any situation is give the children paracetamol after a phone call to the parents, literally all she had was a small room a few first aid stickers and a cupboard full of paracetamol waiting to be given out to people with flu to people with bones sticking out of there legs and told to go walk it off, it still makes me laugh to this day. Now if we take what this drug does it basically tells the brain there is not a pain in the body by blocking the receptor’s  now if your in agony these drugs are very effective, if not taken frequently as your body builds up immunity’s. What I am suggesting if you are suffering from colds/flu try a more natural solution of fruit, fruit contains all the natural vitamins and goodness we need to function to our full potential and since I stop taking meds a few years ago after getting fed up of all these medicine adverts on T.V putting the idea of being ill when I am fine into my head. Also when travelling I was advised to take doxycycline everyday for the months I was away after reading the instructions I was delighted to see what it can cure not only can it prevent malaria it can prevent syphilis and other issues as well. Now in my head it just seems like the creators of these drugs don’t really know what they do? After not having them I do not get ill as much now this is most likely a mental reaction that works for me but hey give it a go see if you feel better, I cannot give a conclusion yet on this subject it’s more of a suggestion so you will have to make your mind up on this one. 

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