You Don’t Figure Out What You Want To Do Till Your Late Twenties

You don’t have enough life experience to make definite decisions till your in your late twenties. In elementary school years, you have fantasies about being the next President, being an astronaut, or a professional athlete. In High School you start to find out what you like and dislike. And then you have to go to college. Its not enough time. None of us have had enough life experience at the age of eighteen to know what works for us, what we actually want to do forty hours of week for years on end. It is simply not enough time. This is a problem overlooked too much when people look start planning their future out in their first years of college.
I was also one of these people. I could talk for days about what I was going to do and what my life would be when I was still in High School. The slap in the face was going to college and actually doing what I had always been talking about. The problem was I was missing the experience to back up these claims. There are so many people who go into college talking about how they want to be engineers, businessmen, doctors, physicists, but paradoxically no one at the age of eighteen has ever worked in these fields, or even knows how well they handle the action of work in the first place. Colleges expect students to make educated and well thought decisions in area’s they have no understanding in, only having a vague “feeling” that they would enjoy being a veterinarian. They don’t understand the dollars and cents of these fields and the work that is done. A student will start college in an engineering program loving the math and science involved in being an engineer, only to find that they hate the communication and teamwork aspect involved in working on a project together. A student interested in being a doctor will love learning about the body only to find the long hours and constant repetition of seeing so many different people makes the working feel robotic and soulless. This is not a definite for all people who enter college, but the question becomes: how could you possibly know if you dislike or like something if you have never done it over long periods of time?
80% of college bound students are undecided when first entering college, and 50% of those who do declare change their majors. A regular college degree usually takes around four years, but switching your major in your junior year can add a semester or even sometimes an entire year. Students are arriving at colleges having little knowledge on what they want to do yet are still expected to pick what school they want to attend and start paying thousands of dollars in student loans.
So I’d say it takes a person twenty five years before they can say they know themselves well enough to make well informed major life decisions. At this point in a persons life they’ve been on their own for a while, had a full time job, had a girlfriend or two, paid some bills, and found out their own daily routine that works for them. In your middle to late twenties you’ve seen some things and had to figure out a few problems on your own. You haven’t figured everything out, but you have a good foundation.
This whole idea of having to go to college immediately when you graduate high school works on a numbers basis of trying to get a certain amount of people each year to graduate, but falls apart on the individual case by case basis. What ends up happening is students make ill informed decisions on what career path they want to pursue,  resulting in a majority of people having jobs they neither like of dislike, but just kind of put up with. You get the numbers you want, but what is the quality people are getting?
So if you’re in college right now and don’t have a clue about what you want to do or you’re still in high school and don’t know what you want to do, follow that feeling. Don’t feel pressured into making decisions where you don’t know the answer. It is OK to take a year or a couple to live your life and experience what you like and dislike. In the end it will leave you with a better goal set for yourself and a freedom to make an informed choice, rather than making the wrong one and finding out it’s too late too fix it.

Food is Fuel

Food is one of those things that has one purpose, but is used for thousands of other different things. Communication, heartache, family time, ascetic appeal, worship, sickness, health, confidence, nostalgia, familiarity, homesickness, the list goes on. Food is something that cannot be separated from any persons life, it is a constant that has evolved with our species through thousands of years. So it’s understandable that we take advantage of the satisfaction food gives us and start exploiting it in other mediums. Perhaps it is having a sugar filled yummy cake to celebrate your birthday, going to a place that serves high quality food on a date, eating lots of snacks at the movies, or all coming together for a meal during thanksgiving. Over the years we have warped the reality of what food truly is; fuel for our bodies to function. Nothing more.
While some of these are necessary, as we are social animals and the easiest thing to gather and bond around is food, they do not have to be an excuse for you to eat shitty food. Eat whole food, or don’t eat it at all. We are huge proponents of both the Paleo and Keto ways of eating (we’ll do a post on which is better later), but the cut and dry of our philosophy on food is that we believe food is something that shouldn’t be thought about too much. We have so many other things to think about that can make us more insightful people, that thinking about food all day is really just slowing us down.
That’s why Mac and I eat whole foods, with a lower carb intake and high fat intake. Currently we take advantage of a state called ketosis, which is where our bodies have switched over from utilizing glucose for energy to utilizing fatty acids, specifically ketone bodies, for fuel. Eating this way, I feel full longer, have steady energy throughout the days, and can go long periods of time without eating if needed (a huge advantage if you need to work past that lunch hour or stay focused for classes during the day).
Ketosis also is very effective at oxidizing and burning off body fat, which is great if you want to look lean and athletic.
At the end of the day, even if you never utilize the ketogenic diet to fuel your body, we implore you to try cutting out wheat, gluten, sugar, and other processed foods and begin eating a diet of whole foods that you cook yourself most of the time. It’s a lot more effective and fulfilling for your health goals than any benefit you could get from driving through that Wendy’s on the way home from work.

Why Getting Up At 5am Every Morning Is Amazing

Waking up early in the morning for no immediate reason doesn’t seem to make sense at first. I went through high school always getting out of bed with what seemed like seconds to spare before the bus would be outside waiting for me. I never considered the possibility of voluntarily getting out of bed before you absolutely had to. The fumbling and rush of my past mornings is night and day compared to the thoughtfulness and relaxation of my current routine.

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What My Shitty Summer Job Taught Me

The summer of my junior year in high school, I got my first real job, working as a lifeguard at my local recreation center. The hours were weird, sporadic and each weeks schedule was different. The pool was big and crowded, kids would try and get away with as much as they could, and you were in the sun all day. Did I mention my boss was incompetent and passive aggressive? What about only getting paid seven dollars an hour after taxes? A shitty summer job. But what it taught me about necessity and budgeting is something I still use to this day and am grateful for the experience as a whole.

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The Illusion Of Adulthood

When I was young, say about seven or eight, I thought adults were geniuses. It baffled me how my dad knew how to fix the lawnmower when it stopped working. I was amazed when my mom would drive for hours on miles of roads and still be able to find her way back to our house.  “This stuff seems impossible,” I would think to myself. The way I imagined it, you were a kid till you were seventeen, and then on the night of your eighteenth birthday you went to bend and poof! You woke up an eighteen year old adult, now gifted with the knowledge on how to file taxes and work a computer. This silly idea faded as I started to age, but I still thought until recently that being an adult meant you took careful thought into all of your actions, using your years of experience to make the best possible decision for each situation you were faced with.

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Never Go To College Undecided

When you show up for a college tour at one of the many institutions in the United States, you inevitably will hear about choosing what major to pursue. You might tour the business school, the engineering school, and the liberal arts school all in one day. There are so many paths to choose from, and you think, “I’m only 18! Why do I have to make this decision now? I have no idea what I want to do for the rest of my life!”

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Why Working Out Seven Days A Weeks Will Make You Feel Like You Can Do Anything

I know I know, it’s an odd claim. When thinking about adding a workout routine to a life that is already filled with things that take up every second of our day, adding an extra job that results in sore muscles and weak legs when we already feel tired all the time seems ludicrous. Funny enough, it’s the opposite. Working out every day of the week will make impossible tasks in your life feel manageable and less stressful.
 Why Everyday?

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Anger In Our Everyday Lives

 I had just arrived at work for my construction job one day and was standing around the room we had been working on for the last week. I was looking at what we would be doing for the day while waiting for my boss to show up to tell me what he wanted done. In he walked, sunglasses on, frown on his face, and a huff in his step. “What?” I asked. ‘Those damn idiots.” he said. “Those fucking idiots. They fucked up all the door frames. Now I got to fix them, all of them. Those fucking idiots. I got shit to do man, I can’t be messing with all this. Now I got to fix it. I’m pissed off.” For the next four hours he and I went about framing and leveling door frames, my boss moaning and complaining the entire time about how much he hated doing it. I also hated working that day. It wasn’t the door frames that ruined it. My boss ruined it.

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Why Feeling Sad Makes Me Feel Alive

It’s a weird statement at first. Feeling sad is something that is viewed as a negative emotion in our society, the opposite of happiness and therefore an emotion that is ugly and should be avoided and traded for joy as much as possible. Typically when talking about sadness with others, people recommend ways to detour around feeling’s of depression and sadness with the quickest possible way back to happy feelings and good times. You hear it from all sides. Smile more, wake up enjoying life everyday, be thankful for what you have, don’t dwell on the negatives, always be looking forward, there are so many reasons to be happy, let go of the things that make you feel sad, etc… And I think this is a load of complete, harmful bullshit. Continue reading

  • What My Shitty Summer Job Taught Me

    What My Shitty Summer Job Taught Me