In negative times, you need to keep your mind positive. This post is mainly mental excercise. Here’s a list of 26 good things (because I’m 26 years old) in a negative time.
- I got to go to work today and earn some. Some people have to stop working, but I’m still given the opportunity to contribute via my job;
- I am still alive and not showing signs of the Virus That Will Not Be Named;
- I am again able to do 10 pushups after my shoulder injury. Slow and steady wins the race: I am recovering;
- A friend and me are writing drafts for a petition to get a Calisthenics park in our neighborhood, inspired by the fitness and wisdom of some pretty real guys in aSTIGMAtism. I will connect with a local political party to gain traction and we will go door to door when the time is ripe (obviously not now);
- Friends of mine will play the video game that we used to play in high school (AoE2) over LAN together tomorrow and will without doubt take a trip down memory lane and (re)connect;
- A close family member is recovering from an operation;
- Physical gatherings at Uni are canceled but I’m still putting in work and getting results;
- Time off due to COVID-19 measures will be spent productive (painting, studying, writing, working) and not standing in line with 99 others to get some weed (Dutch people will understand);
- There is still food in our house and food in the stores;
- I am still able to give praise and thanks to the Lord and ask for wisdom and strength;
- Although quitting smoking is again turning out to be a toughie, I smoked less today than I used to smoke a day;
- My art in the exposition will not get the exposure it could have gotten under different circumstances, but that’s a pride thing and that regret should be nipped in the bud: Even if I can’t get over my pride I can still show you my work on my website;
- I listened to some streetwise Dutch rap by Fresku (he’s the best in the Dutch rapgame, there are subtitles in the clip) and by listening to it lowered my bullshit threshold (positive shoutout to my girl Alice);
- My money management is going in small steps, but it’s well. The debts I racked up buying unneccesary things at work (cigs) will be paid when I get my salary. When I get my salary I will have grown financially compared to last month. Not buying bullshit has been easier the past few weeks. After paying bills I aim to contribute as much as possible to my student loan debt. The willpower muscle has been strengthened;
- Even though I do not qualify for welfare, I am thankful for what I do have and recognize that the money I would have gotten to supplement my income should be best distributed to those truly in need: I still have a job and have the intellect to learn to manage my finances,
- I did not lose a lot of money in the stock market;
- My family is there for each other in hard times and for that I give thanks;
- I’ve got a roof over my head;
- Birds are still singing in the morning;
- There is toilet paper in the house but I’m taking small shits anyway because of my diet;
- I’ve lost weight (2 kilos), which is a goal of mine;
- Because I’ve had a share of hardships and am able to stay positive I’m not scared of the future – the only thing I’m scared of right now is judgement after death;
- As told to a friend a while ago, I got some goals and desires but am willing to grind until I get the life I want – I have not yet given up (as I used to do);
- Vegetarianism is now one of my traits and I still feel good. Reasons for going vegetarian: A) It’s good to eat food that’s not messed around with too much. B) Based on evidence, meat is not essential to get strong and lean – don’t need supplements or anything, just a well-rounded diet (so I retract my previous lifestyle of eating 6 pork cutlets in the morning, although I still eat eggs);
- My longest streak since tracking No-PMO/NoFap is 6 days, I’m counting at least 439 days without alcohol and marijuana. No-PMO is hard but I’m fighting the urge and removing this toxic habit that I’ve had since puberty. I feel good about actively fighting negative habits and strengthening my positivity as a man;
- The business is growing slowly and steadily.
I encourage you to stay positive and responsible, follow the news but not follow it too much, be critical and think for yourself, keep doing what you do, improve yourself and look for opportunities (by opportunities I don’t mean buying toilet paper and selling it online for 1000EU a roll).
Until the next time. Peace and blessings.