WMF-Man Begins

A long while back, in an office far, far away, there was a 5 gallon water cooler. The replacement jugs were shoved in a closet and if you were the lucky one, you had to replace it, walking about 25 feet or so.

One day someone noticed me grabbing one and holding it upside down, by the spout.

“Wait till you get me age,” he said.

His lack of vigor and enthusiasm sucked mine right out of me. (This was when I was younger and such negativity could penetrate my soul more easily.)

Now I just feel sorry for the chump.

Wait till you get my age.

This guy was a pudgeball computer programmer with soft hands. No judgement here, but a man should NOT have soft hands. There’s something elemental to a man’s nature which requires rough work with the hands (repairing things, digging, chopping things down, and of course weight lifting)

It’s been about 17 years since I heard the “wait till you get my age” thing and now I AM that dude’s age. And what I can tell you is that bad habits have a way of sneaking up on you and that the fire of youth throws off a lot of things that will take an older man down.

  • A daily hit of coffee, or two…or three.
  • The overeating of a good meal, or snacking throughout the day…
  • The news (nattering nabobs of negativism – thanks for that Spiro Agnew), daily trumpeting how bad things are and how you should be afraid with the giant red CV-19 dot over your geolocation)
  • The violence we watch in the forms of “entertainment” which ends up frying our nerves…
  • The smartphone we can’t put down, which helps us piss away small moments of time and prevents super-deep thinking (You think Elon Musk lets his phone own him?)

So, now it’s more like WMF-Man is Reborn. Because part of the rebirth is looking at who you are and what you do and casting off the stuff that doesn’t serve.

Here’s where people squirm.

“But I don’t have to give up my {insert addiction here}.”

Yes, you do. Absolutely. Especially if that’s the first thing you were concerned about.

William Muldoon says, “My mind is my master and my body is its slave. I don’t do anything I think I ought not do.”

I would add “not thinking stuff we know we shouldn’t think.”

The lessons in these statements run deep, if you choose to hear them. Who hasn’t brought to work negative emotions that have impacted performance?

As we ascend the ladder of self-control, that no longer happens.

In fact, this attitude can be practiced in the home gym. Before training, you set your mind straight. You focus. You practice that mental work in the training environment and bring it into the rest of your life.

Ask yourself:

  1. What do I need to give up? / What’s holding me back? – note your first answers
  2. What is my emotional state as I’m doing this (driving to work, having breakfast with the family)

Then work on those things.

Having been down this road before, I have some stuff that can help, like The Home Gym Self-Improvement Plan – a sort of DIY get kick ass strong physically and mentally plan.

In fact, that is my main purpose here, to dig into through structures that are holding you back and foist upon you rock solid fitness and health information that’s been proven by the passing of time.

Here’s to making you a better person so you can make the world a better place.

Justin Qualler