• Wake up and open your curtains. Your windows too.
  • Drink some tea or coffee, whatever pleases you. Notice every sip.
  • Have some fresh fruit and finish breakfast feeling full.
  • Stand outside and feel the air. Cool or warm, it will make you feel real.
  • Get some exercise. Yoga to soothe, running to breathe, lifting for strength.
  • Take care of your body. Have a nice shower and pamper as much as you want afterward. 
  • If you’re going to work, remember you have the chance to make anyone’s day or to ruin it. Act accordingly. 
  • Weed out the bad language. It’s only creating tension in your body and mind. Kind words are infinitely more appreciated.
  • Take some time each day to improve your mind. Keep reading that great book. Listen to an incredible piece of music. Practice an instrument or a skill. The progress is its own reward.
  • Pictures will help you remember how wonderful life is. But spend less time on your phone and more time seeing the world face to face. 
  • Go to sleep knowing that you have done well. Tomorrow is there with room to become even better.

-Notes to myself on how to become a better person this summer.

I am a capitalist. This is unpopular here, I think, only because Tumblr is full of poor college kids who want everything for free.

I am a capitalist because I don’t think that hard working people should have to pay for the livelihood of those who do nothing. I am a capitalist because if I don’t like the available jobs, I can make my own. I am a capitalist because the people control their own money, not the government. I am a capitalist because not everyone was created equal and it is foolish to pretend otherwise. (If we were all equal, we would all be the same. If we were all equal, there would be no such thing as IQ because we would all be equally intelligent.) I am a capitalist because the alternatives are awful. I am a capitalist because I should be allowed to work hard to earn extra money and not have it given to a dropout who does no work.  I am a capitalist because people should not be entitled to anything for being born; people should have to work for it.

I refuse to pay more taxes because I work harder. I refuse to support people who are unable to support themselves, yet have kids. I refuse to pay for homeless drug addicts in the hospital.

If you do something for me, I will help you back. But if you are useless, I refuse to pretend you have any value to society.

I have been homeless before. I had no expectation of any help. I didn’t want any either. You know what I did? Worked my ass off and made money and got out of there. Why could I do that? Capitalism. You know why people are homeless or poor now? They are lazy. So stop expecting help and do your own damn work.

Yearly Physical

(1) Fasting is no fun. I can’t wait for my blood draw so I can EAT!

(2) I had to get a tetanus shot. But the vaccine also prevents whooping cough so that’s good.

(3) I was talking to my doctor about my concerns around type 2 diabetes (lots of people on my father’s side of the family). And I said I know I have weight to lose, I mentioned that I had lost weight and am maintaining…and then I went into my usual “I know I have more weight to lose..”

My doctor cut me off! He said, “you’ve already done the hard work and you are close to an ideal weight. Yes, as we get older everyone can stand to lose 5-10 pounds. But don’t short yourself for the work you’ve done to lose and then maintain.”

It was definitely what I needed to hear today. Well, that and “wear sunscreen when running, and make sure I exercise regularly.”