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By Steve Sharpton, Parsons Training Center, Tucson, Arizona
April 2, 2018
Okay, I got a confession to you all. I don’t really watch too much television and there are only a few Youtube personalties that I kinda like (to hell with you PewDiePie!!). One of them happens to be a weird Shaggy-like commentator named Steve1989 who does funny reviews (and eats them as well) of MREs, or military rations. It is quite interesting to see the food culture of the world and also interesting in regards to how much tuna is packed into a standard Israeli army ration. I also dig another weirdo named MatPat, a theater and math nerd that loves video games and movies and often times comes up with complicated theories on both subjects. My favorite one is when he did a two-part series on how to win the Hunger Games. His solution: hide a lot, eat a ton of food before you are thrust into the arena and create a compelling story that will get you more focus from the producers. Anyway, I come across some good content and makes me want to start working on my page again, but I got other priorities right now. But, I still get a kick out of JP Sears. I can honestly say that I was an OG of the JP Sears fandom, watching some of his original videos that lampooned some of the foundations of typical “spiritual” stuff that so many people tried to exploit for money and gain. Some of my favorite videos I really enjoyed is when he gave you pointers on how to take the perfect Yoga selfie for your social media sharing or the hidden truth of gluten intolerance. Now some of you might be wondering why am I focusing on a guy that has lampooned political correctness, veganism, internet trolls, toxic masculinity, gun culture and supposed “spiritual festivals” (a.k.a. a reason to get lit and listen to electronic or folk music, depending on what kind of festival you go to)?
You see, beneath all of that, JP Sears actually has some good ideas about reshaping your life. While he is simply labeled as a “life coach,” he has been doing this sort of work for 16 years. Basically, a life coach is a psychologist without the schooling and is more of a philosophical and metaphysical guru. Some of these people are absolute quacks, telling you that just about everything you do in your life is destroying your body and can convince you to do toxic cleanses or take on weird health fads that might hurt you more than help. Sears focuses on the mental side, and his philosophy centers around the idea of creating a better mindset for your health both spiritually and physically. The first video I saw was of course a funny video of him on how to be ultra spiritual. I was not logged in to Youtube at the time so I didn’t get his full collection of videos, just the funny stuff over time. Either way, once I officially signed up on Youtube, that is when I noticed he had a lot more than just videos making fun of stuff. Truthfully, a lot of his advice is useful in the world of fitness and health. Now you might think that the mental side of fitness is about motivation and consistency, but you also have to look at the other aspects of fitness and freeing your mind. This has been one of my struggles with my own life. I have lost a ton of weight and improved my fitness a 100 fold, but I still feel like a failure. I have not consistently run in over a year, my weight has fluctuated and at many times, I feel the desire to actually skip sessions (though I don’t, just to let you know). Why do I feel this way? There is a variety of reasons I guess. I have let society dictate what a true “man” should like and am trying to desperately achieve that standard while also trying to maintain my own personal and political values. I will say one thing, I did see a good video from Sears a couple years ago that at least helped me with accepting the fact I am a vegan and also male, which is a contentious position considering veganism has been lampooned quite a bit in society and is almost universally labeled a feminist movement. https://youtu.be/ksdqzOYIq8Y If you sit through the entire video, you will learn one thing that really benefits your life is to utilize the details and the “weirdness” that makes up your personal being. Use those traits to grow yourself so to speak. So yeah, I am weird I guess. I dress up my dogs and have created a complex family tree for the animals in my family. I am vegan and have a distaste for popular culture. People tell me I am just a hater but on the other hand, that is who I am. In a lot of ways, I don’t lash out too much publicly anymore because I ultimately learned it is easier to do so in my writing. It has made the blog much more interesting and a lot of times I have written some good stuff. I am also weird because I believe the best video game character ever is Mega Man, not Mario or Sonic or Solid Snake or Link or Kratos. Why do I think that? Well, his array of weaponry makes him unique…and he has a best dog buddy by the name of Rush…which makes him one of the few characters in the video game universe that is actually nice to animals. We’ll talk more about Mega Man another time. I promise. Now weirdness can lead to some loneliness as well, but on the other hand, your more genuine self will be released and this can certainly attract better people into your life. I feel that weirdness at work as well, mainly because I choose not to try and screw people over to benefit myself, which is almost applauded on in the corporate world. I have seen things that genuinely anger me and it is not because of the customer, it is because some person bought the cold and heartless rhetoric of what society expects of them in a certain role.
I think that is why I have struggled a bit the last year. I have little idea on what I need to be and who I need to be moving forward, but I do know what I need to be in my physical and mental state. I just need to be better within reason. Now Sears has some typical videos about spirituality and releasing negativity—much like any other life coach would speak on—but he tends to separate the more spiritual side of his teaching with the physical side, which is something I prefer because I am really not into the spiritual mumbo jumbo. I mean, I look at yoga as a great way to strengthen my body and help my flexibility, not some way to realign my chakras and become one with the fifth dimension, or whatever stuff some hardcore yoga people speak about. While JP Sears the character has some really funny stuff, which I will talk about next week, this particular playlist here is some actual good life advice, and you will notice they are not quite as popular on the web as his funny stuff. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVqOKx7e2qhfCoelbLdclQzE_iBh8q01u One of my favorites that most people should listen to is about worshipping your comfort zone.
You see, fitness in itself knocks you out of your comfort zone. You might get the idea to do so when you notice you keep having to buy bigger clothes, or an ex called you fat as they closed the door on your relationship or your doctor uttered to you that you need to exercise and lose weight. This is a harrowing moment for people, and many times people take it the wrong way because they are stuck on a certain way of life. Think about the changes. You go to a gym, you accept the idea that you are out of shape and plus you spend money that you really don’t want to spend in some instances. I take this for example. While I love Parsons Training, I had to take on a second gym to help supplement the days I am not there. On the weekends, I have gotten far too lazy and am not doing enough to stay healthy, sitting around the house and playing video games. So yes, I joined a second gym that is unfamiliar to me with machines I am unfamiliar with and will put in 30-45 minutes of weight based cardio on the weekends. I’m hoping this helps get my body shaped up a little and gets me back on a better program to get my running in step. I also hope it helps me get my weight under control and get back on track with reigniting my metabolism. Heck, doing olympic weight lifting was a weird breaking of my comfort zone in itself, and now it has become something of a standard that has helped me strengthen myself. So yeah, when you are ready to retake your life, get off the couch and stop buying those weird in-home products that state you don’t need to work to get a decent body. Anyway, hope you all had a good Easter!
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