I just read a meme that said, “Sometimes it’s okay if all you did today was breathe.”

Can you imagine that being said in some rural South American village? “I mean, you know, the whole village is going to starve to death because you didn’t get off of your ass and plow the field, but hey–at least you BREATHED.”

I recognize that there are people with legitimate mental health problems. I work around them every day. But I also run into people who have ‘anxiety attacks’ and similar issues, because they have been told their entire lives that ‘it’s okay if you don’t do anything’. So they never have, and they have no idea of how to deal with life when they actually DO HAVE TO DO SOMETHING.

Some of the most amazing transformations I have seen are people who use this as a catalyst to start engaging in life–even if it’s just going to a gym, to begin with. Doing SOMETHING, taking responsibility, begins the process of making them stronger, better people. It also begins producing dopamine and other pleasure hormones they’ve probably never experienced before, and the lack of which has had them on antidepressants.

So, no; unless you’re in a hospital, it’s probably not okay if all you did today was breathe.

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I spent the first years of my life in a trailer park outside of a tiny town in rural Missouri. I grew up to be a long-haired, gun-hating, military-hating, Presbyterian super-liberal. Well, perhaps the “growing up” happened later. While in high school, I was on the cross-country and wrestling teams, and actually won my weight-class in a State powerlifting competition. I went on to attend college on a Bright Flight scholarship, where I promptly became an atheist. I trained for a few years in Shotokan karate and Cheng-system taijiquan before training in my first real martial art, Hwarang-Do, under the late Franklin Fowlkes (later the Founder and Grandmaster of the Five Elements Martial Arts System). I married an older Taiwanese woman my junior year, got divorced in short order, and dropped out of college. After completing my AA in Psychology, I decided I needed a complete change of scenery and joined the U.S. Marine Corps (having early been assured that there was no way that a skinny liberal like me would ever survive Boot Camp). Contrary to what the Hipster Zombies will tell you, this did not “brainwash me into being a Conservative”. Instead, it made me a very unhappy, short-haired liberal, surrounded by guns and the military. However, I spent my whole contract (after schools) on the island of Okinawa, where I was exposed to points of view not dominated by the American liberal media. During this time, I taught ESL classes as a side-job, trained under some of the highest-ranking masters of karate on Okinawa, and discovered the practice of Buddhism. I also spent some time in Korea, where I got to train in hapkido. It was during this period that I came gradually to realize how stupid and evil American liberalism actually is. This was partly due to my Military Police command sending me to Small Arms Instructor school, which gave me more exposure to guns than I could ever have imagined—thus negating my idiotic liberal distaste for them. After the active-duty portion of my Marine Corps contract was over, I worked several jobs, from security contracts to operating a forklift in a warehouse. In 2002, however, when the invasion of Iraq was getting under way, I signed up with the Missouri Army National Guard, and have remained with them since, continuing as a Military Policeman. I am also full-time corrections officer, a member of the Anglican Church, and at one time was an Instructor Candidate in Dekiti-Tirsia Serradas Kali (until my instructor moved away). My hobbies (beyond blogging) include strength training, shooting sports, martial arts, creating digital art, and being a huge science and science-fiction geek.

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    1. Aggravates the problem. YOU haven’t really done anything (except breathe, and perhaps twitch your thumbs). But you’ve been immersed in an artificially controlled pseudo-reality for a significant period of time.

      I play video games. I’m a big fan of Bethesda’s ‘Elder Scrolls’ series. But I’m also physically and socially active almost every day–and I can see a difference in my emotional tone and physical energy when I’m not.

      Even if I did finally beat that dragon…

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