The Liberal Dilemma

I have something to tell the Nice Man community! It is something I have known for a very long time. Some of those who know me may have already guessed but… I AM A LIBERAL. Not just a bit liberal either. I am a full blown, gun hating, salad munching, second hand clothes wearing, commie cuddler.  Of course this is not something I am ashamed of, it is a central part of who I am. Every decision I make from who I vote for, what I eat, what I wear and even who I choose to associate with is based, in part, ­on my political beliefs.

My constant attempts to be a better person (You may not see this as being a better person, but that’s a debate for another day, or the comment section) comes with a curse, and that is liberal guilt. It seems that every time I try to do something good, I’m also doing 100 bad things. The best example of this is obviously drug use, something many liberals choose to overlook. The hypocrisy of passing judgement on regimes and organisations, while at the same time funding them for an unnecessary luxury is an act carried out by thousands of people throughout the western world.

However this is not the only questionable act carried out by us so called liberals. Something as seemingly innocent as buying a t-shirt comes with the burden of knowing it was probably made by an orphan slave child who has to work 29 hours a day or he’s not allowed to eat for 3 years.

Of course people who disagree with you will take great glee in pointing out that although you have managed to end world poverty through peaceful protest, you did once have a one night stand and not text them back so you’re an evil misogynist and you did get a taxi home so you have personally caused global warming.

So what is the answer? To ignore everything and avoid falling into the dark mire of guilt and despair that comes from trying to be a better person? No, of course not, my personal philosophy is: “Try not to be a knob” and I think that’s the best anyone can really do. Don’t stop using your car, never sleep with someone again and refuse to get new clothes unless you have made them yourself out of materials you grew in your garden. Just try you’re best to be a better person and make the world a better place and when you slip up, because you will, don’t allow negativity to stop you trying.

A Mara-WHAT?

About 3 weeks ago or so I was laying in bed about to fall asleep and I realized that I need to get more in shape and healthy and all that other garbage that is important.  The only issue I have is doing something that I have a goal to reach, and also something that I will not hate.  I have just gone to the gym and worked out before and eventually I lose interest. The best training I have done was when there was a goal in mind, specifically a triathlon.

Now, the triathlon that I did was just a small Try-a-Tri distance, usually a stepping stone to larger races and such.  Well I did a couple of years in a row (Got first place in my age category the second year….I was the only person IN the age category) and found that I really dislike the swimming aspect, and also the running portion.  Speaking of the triathlon my wife loves the sport and has done a half-Ironman race, and hopes to do a full Ironman within the next couple of years. In addition, my brother-in-law has completed approximately 10 Ironman races all over the world and other family members of mine have done them too.  I don’t understand them as humans.  It’s hard enough to cheer for them for up to 17 hours, so I cannot imagine why they would want to do all that activity……ANYWAY

I’m lying there in bed thinking about what I want to do, and it hits me.  I guess I need to try out a half-marathon.  For those of you that don’t know, it’s a running race that is 21.1 Kilometers (approx 13.1 miles, for you doody Americans and your silly length system) of running.  Now most people do not run the entire race without stopping.  Of course the ultra crazies do that, but I will not.  I feel  that since a majority of my family is athletic and I need to get in shape, I need to try this out to see if I like it.

I am a little worried that I will be walking or shuffling the last few KMs, but I am sure I will be able to finish, and that is my goal.

I will try my best to keep you all up to date on training and how it all goes.

The Best Albums of 2012!

In this week’s new podcast episode (Episode 128.5), Zach, Danny, and Rob talk about their favorite albums of 2012! If you want to spoil their Top 20 lists for yourself, click to continue reading.

Enjoy comparing your favorites and/or finding some new music!

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Power To Us All

We all get down. But, we all have things we love. We can all laugh at the silliest little things. We all fall in and out of love. But what is a certainty, is that we all get down… some of us, more than others.

There’s peaks and troughs in life. They just exist because they do. Most people get to the bottom of a trough and then pull themselves together and feel better soon enough. However, for some, there’s trapdoor at the bottom of those troughs that leads to a basement, and in that basement is a spiral staircase that goes further down, and at the bottom of that staircase is a room where I’ve sat for periods of my life.

I’ve struggled through most of my life with anxiety. Panic attacks that make me shudder and shake and want to die. A deep paranoia that makes me distrust everyone. A constant nausea for weeks at a time that made me throw up every morning. It’s not a good time. I’ve tried hypnosis, but it’s limited. I’ve tried drugs (the prescription and other kind), and whilst they help, I don’t want to be reliant on them (but the prescription kind will help – better living thru chemistry is what my Mom tells me). I’ve tried meditation, but it just made me lightheaded, because I hyper-ventilated. I’ve tried drinking to numb the pain, but that just exacerbates the depression.

So what does work? I’ll tell you what has helped me. Pure, unadulterated willpower. If, one day you wake up and don’t want to go to work or school because you can’t face it, get up and go do it. If you’re scared to go somewhere because you’re worried about being in unfamiliar surroundings, get yourself there. If you’re uncomfortable in social situations, go somewhere where there’s lots of people and talk to someone completely random (this may not work in a cinema… it may backfire ;)).

It won’t be an overnight thing, but I’m now close to a point in my life where I’m stronger than I’ve ever been, and you will be able to as well. The anxiety and paranoia you feel when you’re feeling down? It will ease, just the same as the heartache of losing someone after a relationship breakup or a death. Breathe, be strong, have faith in your abilities and don’t you dare let the anxiety become the owner, take the power back people.