Find a 1RM of the following complex:
Snatch pull + hang power snatch + overhead squat
Then, accumulate 30m handstand walk
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Dear Universe, knock that s#@t off right now. Thank you, Courtney
I’m 33 years old and the universe has not slowed down in serving me up some hearty life lessons. I suspect it never will. The universe is on a mission to constantly remind me that I am an adult, and as such have to deal with adult problems like paying bills, running a business, rehabbing injuries sustained most likely from an aging body and not from doing something fun and youthful. In the words of Jorge, #firstworldproblems. None the less, I thought maybe it was time I laughed in the face of the universe, time to get ahead of this situation and basically pre learn these ridiculous life lessons before they smack me over the head. So I did what any good universe defying rebel would do, I got on the inter webs and googled “important life lessons everyone should learn”. Yeah, I was hoping for some short, definitive list, turns out there isn’t one. What there is, is a plethora of people out their with their own opinion on what life’s most important lessons are.
Marc Chernoff, author of the article “7 Important Life Lessons Everyone Learns The Hard Way” (click here for full article), had some good stuff to say:
1) The people you lose remain a part of you.
2) The pursuit of happiness is about finding meaning.
3) Seeking validation from others invalidates YOU.
4) Regret hurts far worse than fear.
5) Life is too unpredictable for rigid expectations.
6) When you try to run away, you end up running in place.
7) Unanticipated hardships are inevitable and helpful.
Definitely valid and important information, but to be honest, I felt like I was already pretty solid with that stuff. I needed something more practical. I liked what I read when I got to “The life lessons school should teach you” by Lauren Laverne, this was the practicality I was looking for (click here for full article):
It’s OK to be a nerd If nerds ran the world there would be no wars. Only unconvincing battle re-enactments in meticulously correct period costume.
Love Never date anyone who is rude to waiters.
Style Never buy anything to impress someone you don’t know. Never wear a T-shirt with a face on it that’s more attractive than yours.
Socializing All the good bits of a night out happen before 2am. Don’t feel the need to stay up any later. Drugs have a terrible rate of return: they make you ugly, boring and ill, in that order. (The legal ones are the worst.) When talking to someone you like, don’t be nonchalant. Be complimentary. Everyone likes compliments, except dickheads, and it’s usually politic to identify them as quickly as possible.
Art Good art never makes you feel too stupid to understand it, even when you don’t.
Family If you love them, call them often and tell them so.
The internet Don’t use it as a junk drawer for your least interesting thoughts. Never post anything in anger. It makes you look powerless. If you wouldn’t get it out on the bus, don’t put it up online. Never sleep with anyone who uses more than three hashtags per post. #LOL #bantz #Purebantz #Psychicdeath #Shitinbed.
I can’t lie though, I still think I need more. I’m certain there is a lesson to be learned about answering a business phone and the caller says “hey it’s me” and just starts talking. But you have no clue who “me” is. And now you haven’t actually heard a word they have said because you are meticulously studying every inflection in their voice to identify them. When do you let that cat out of the bag?
How about when you just meet a person for the first time and they have food in their teeth? Not just a tiny dot of something up in the corner but like some major food particles all up in their grill, front and center? You were introduced to this person by a good friend, who is in fact NOT blind. So if good friend wasn’t willing to point it out, do you as new acquaintance?
I don’t need a list of lessons on dealing with failing (in order to succeed you must first fail), or lessons on friendship (a true friend doesn’t put you down but lifts you up), blah, blah, blah. I get that, what I’m asking you for is lessons in professional etiquette and courtesy. Lessons, big or small, laced with humor or dead serious, that have profoundly impacted your life. I’ll take whatever you got.