There I was, driving to CrossFit this morning, enjoying a beautifully cool moment of a day that is otherwise about to go very very wrong in an hour or so with Southeast Asia-style heat and humidity, and I had the first album by Fear on at eardrum-thumping volume. And I thought, as I have many times before, 1. "Wow these guys were better musicians than many of their contemporaries," and 2. "Y'know, if one's sense of irony and sarcasm is not at advanced-placement level, you could get the wrong idea here."
Punk-rock lyrics are always an irony-laden affair, but when Lee Ving screams, "Let's have a war!" or a whole raft of other lines that I won't repeat here, you'd best not take him just at face value.
And it got me thinking about one of my most often-written lines here on the blog (and often-said in real life too): I don't care what you do." Or: "Do what you want. It's your call."
A friend told me yesterday something to the effect of: "Y'know, it sounds like you hate people and don't give a fuck about them."
Oh boy.... Really?
On the odd chance that he is right about that, let's clear this one up.
I believe in free will. In other words, I think you should be able to live your life however you want as long as you aren't hurting anyone else. So while I deeply believe that pizza and beer is likely not your healthiest option, when I say, "Dude, do what you want. I don't care," what I mean is that I do not intend to tell you what to do with your life. I will answer any question you pose about almost anything, and, yes, if the question is, "What do you think about ____? Should I do that?" I will be glad to offer you an opinionated take on the topic. But, in the end, I think it's much worse to trample on your free will than it is to let you know that, in the end, that it's your call and you have the freedom to be a fuck-up.
Easy, right? I hope so, because, yeah, I have a lot of strong opinions on food, sleep, exercise, stress, and I think a paleo/ancestral diet with some quality (but not overdone) exercise, good solid sleep and proper stress management through meditation is a great path for almost anyone.
And I really would be super proud of you if you made a smart choice.
Also, if you ask me a question about any of those topics, I will give you a detailed opinion that probably rambles on way too long (just wait 'til the podcast airs... Haha... "Jesus... When is he going to shut up?"). In other words, I *love* helping people out. I conversely *hate* the notion that I am telling anyone what to do.
So, yeah, I care pretty deeply about all these topics. But in the end, it's your life. Live it well. Or don't. Your call.
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