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March 27th, 2017
The Key to a Happy Life...and an Easy Death
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alexander Clear

alexander Clear

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Join Date: 06/02/2010 | Posts: 269

I had a realization the other day that was pretty profound and I wanted to share it with you guys. I should say beforehand that this will likely only apply to a certain type of dude in the RSD audience, and it may only connect with one person or none, but it was a powerful moment for me that may help someone, so I will explain.



Background is easy. I have 2 jobs. Dropped out of college (for now) as I was following a path I hadnt set for myself and wasnt fulfilled. 19 years old. Chose to beast it up in the job market to at least rack in the $ while the time passed and I figured my shit out.

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Well as it turns out, making 10$/hr its pretty hard to rack in anything. But that is besides the point : P

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The night was aging particularly slowly. Time was not measured in numbers, but in hunger level and foot exhaustion. I was at work, folding clothes like a madman, at my second job (of the day, no less!) . Very tired after working nearly all day. It was the first day I had worked both jobs in the same day as well so was learning my capacity to handle stress on that level, and learning how well I can work hard, all day, spread across two different work environments, which I give virtually zero fucks about aside from the obligatory amount I have to care about staying employed.

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Then I realized how tired I was. I was so tired that I was actually looking forward to sleep. I was EXCTED for sleep, like it was a megan fox leprechaun handing out candy. I rarely look forward to sleep. I found that I liked the feeling, a lot. Then I realized-and this is my opinion- Sleep is like a preview of Death. If it feels good to go to sleep atfer a day of WORKING HARD, giving 100% effort, pushing to the absolute limits of staying positive and having fun EVEN while simultaneously doing something shitty that you have to get done...the same must be true for death as well. A day of good, hard work leads to a very pleasant exhaustion/mood. So it seems logical that the same would be true for death and getting old.

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The opposite would be the restless feeling one gets when trying to sleep on a day where nothing got done -- No energy has been expended and therefore it all stays in the body and buzzes around, NOT ALLOWING you to get to sleep comfortably. Imagine if the last 20 years of your life were like that, slowly getting worse and worse, more and more restless/frustrated/angry/sour/anxious about the UNKNOWN realm you are about to enter... as opposed to making you more ready for Death as time goes on, as the ecstatic exhaustion of a life fully lived sets in and takes you away, easily, smoothly, like a slip n slide....

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Thoughts?

P.S. Accidentally lost the initial post -- this is a quick rewrite -- it may still make sense but honestly Im too tired to tell.

I guess thats a good thing though ;)
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agentdoublej

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Join Date: 10/27/2009 | Posts: 1607

 You might be on to something
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jRad

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I think he is too.

Whenever I have days that I seriously work HARD (at work, and then work some more after.. like promoting my design company, going to the gym etc), I feel so accomplished.

If I have a lazy day, I feel like a shithead at the end of it.
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agentdoublej

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 This makes me think about what happened to me at this job i used to have.The boss asked me to move this heavy ass drum filled with chains.It must have weighed a million pounds or something.I gave it everything i had but i couldnt move it to where he wanted.

So i went and told him and he comes over and struggled but he was able to move it.It was funny because im super competitive and i normally hate when someone does something and i cant but because i knew that i gave it one hundred percent i wasnt mad or anything it actually made me respect him more.

So im guessing with anything as long as you know you gave it one hundred percent your cool with the outcome.I guess that applies to life in general
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Resaj

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Awesome insights! Thanks (:
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fireinthebelly

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Join Date: 09/22/2011 | Posts: 6

I recently came to the same conclusion after imagining myself as an old man. For guys like us who have seen the light and know just how much JOY there is to be enjoyed in life if we take right action consistently, the only way to accept old age is by knowing that we truly made the most of our youth -- every minute of it.

The things that eat away at me are the things I did not do because I lacked the strength of character to take right action when I knew exactly what I had to do.

Right action, gentleman; right action all the way. The alternative is some serious regret later in life. Tyler said as much in one of his videos, as did Jeffy (pain of discipline vs. pain of regret).

This realiization has made me slightly paranoid about wasting time and missing opportunities, but this focus will be healthy for at least the next few years.
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alexander Clear

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jRad wrote:
I think he is too.

Whenever I have days that I seriously work HARD (at work, and then work some more after.. like promoting my design company, going to the gym etc), I feel so accomplished.

If I have a lazy day, I feel like a shithead at the end of it.
Thanks homie. Yeah I feel you on the accomplished thing...its weird how hard it is - to do it consistently - considering how much better it feels than being lazy. Youd think itd be the other way around...
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alexander Clear

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I can be unhealthily competetive sometimes. I definitely relate to the feeling of *not being mad* when working really hard because its like WELL HEY - Im doing what I need to be doing...Might as well chill back and enjoy it.
agentdoublej wrote:
 This makes me think about what happened to me at this job i used to have.The boss asked me to move this heavy ass drum filled with chains.It must have weighed a million pounds or something.I gave it everything i had but i couldnt move it to where he wanted.

So i went and told him and he comes over and struggled but he was able to move it.It was funny because im super competitive and i normally hate when someone does something and i cant but because i knew that i gave it one hundred percent i wasnt mad or anything it actually made me respect him more.

So im guessing with anything as long as you know you gave it one hundred percent your cool with the outcome.I guess that applies to life in general
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alexander Clear

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Great way to put it man...I may steal that phrasing from you :)

Jacob wrote:
Yep, I noticed the same thing. Live life well and full and when the times comes, you'll be ready for a nice long sleep :)
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