Living Well is the Best Revenge

Did something happen on November 8th, 2016?

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Of course something did.

Go check your Twitter feed, or the news, or your Facebook wall. In fact, you yourself may have written a long post about how this is the end of the world, that this spells the end of democracy, that you’re moving out of America (I wonder how many will actually follow through with it).

 

Some people are celebrating, while others are in hysterics. Like always, it was the silent majority that made the difference, and those that went out to vote. All the protests, all the articles written up or blog posts, all the videos made, at the end of the day, for some it did not matter at all.

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So, let’s look beyond all that.

Let’s look beyond all what Donald Trump said he would do as a president. By looking to the past, such as Obama and beyond, we can see how many promises were broken or compromised once someone gets into office.

We saw that eight years ago with Obama, with hope, with change. With the crash of the economy, there seemed to be a chance that Wall Street corruption would be persecuted with Obama in tow. Of course, we all know how things turned out at the end of the day.

Same thing goes with Trump. Will the wall be built? Will there be mass deportation of immigrants? I doubt it. He talks a big game, but it’s the backroom deals that are really calling the shots. And yes, he may be a trump card (no pun intended) that has gotten this far with taking a different approach, but just like what happened with Obama and before him, it’s those behind the scenes with the real power. Trump may try to call them out, but if histroy has proved anything, it will be the same old. Would it have been different with Hilary in charge? No doubt it would have, but not as much as people want to believe.

 

 

So, what’s the point of all of this?

You may be angry or upset. You may have a lot on your mind, or you may be excited and curious to see what happens. Whether you’re American or not, you need to keep one principle in mind here:

Living well is the best revenge. 

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Ignore Khan on this one

I’ve written in the past that making politicians your saviour is a fool’s errand. I want to expand on that.

I implore everyone to live well and live their best life possible. Unless you want to get into the political game, you’re best off to ignore it and keep being the best you possible. Live well, and let it be your revenge. Don’t let politics get you down or keep you up at night. If you want to truly make a difference, you do your own thing and live your own life.

So, how does one live well?

  1. Get plenty of sleep. Shoot for at least nine hours of quality rest. Keep your mind and body well rested, for a good night’s sleep can make a world of difference. Drink a nice calming herbal tea before bed, turn off the screens an hour or two before bed, keep your room cool, and keep your room dark. Consider upgrading your mattress as well. It’s one of the best investments that you can make, as sleep is so important.
  2. Exercise. You don’t have to be 3-plating deadlifts on a regular basis or become an instagram butt model, but do get your butt moving! Whether it’s yoga, lifting weights, biking, rowing, going for a walk or a run, keeping your body active is essential to living well.
  3. Eat well. Yes, if you want to indulge in a nice fatty burger every once in a little while, cheat days are great, but not every day is cheat day. Drink more water, eat your fruits and veggies, take your vitamins, and cut back on sugar. In most cases, a simple diet is best. Eliminate the fat and the unhealthy as much as possible, and up the healthy.
  4. Get outside. Get some sunshine and get out into nature will do wonders for you. Don’t be stuck inside all the time! Take a walk during your lunch.
  5. Keep your relationships strong. Devote quality time with your friends, family, and loved ones. Do not neglect it. Confine in one another, be strong with one another. It takes time and effort to keep your relationships strong, and one of the best things that you can possibly do.
  6. Make and share interesting work. Share the writings instead of keeping them in evernote. Share the music you wrote instead of keeping it hidden in Garageband. Dust off the microphone and do a podcast. Take that idea you have and see if it’s viable as a business. Make and share your work with your tribe. Which leads to…
  7. Find a strong tribe. Find those that inspire you. Do not find yourself amongst the gossipers and the mediocre, the complainers, those that talk a big game but it’s always “tomorrow I will start”.
  8. Don’t engage in gossip. Eliminate the fat that the world tries to throw your way to keep you distracted. Tune out that noise that does not matter. Don’t get sucked into internet comment sections or worry about what Trump said the other day.

Don’t let Donald Trump, or any politician ruin your life if you disagree with them.

 

Unless you want to get into the political game (in which I will question your insanity), tune it out. 99% of it is noise that is distracting you from more important things that you should be focusing on.

It’s something we all need to focus on.