The Cultured Warrior #060 | Dig in and keep twitching.
Death is awful. Over the last 10 years I've buried more than twice as many friends and family members as I've been on second dates. I'm not fishing for sympathy; I'm trying to gain perspective. Everyone grieves differently. The past couple weeks' travel obviously limited my training which is typically how I gain said perspective.
However, on at least one day I opted for a workout to "sweat out some demons" and "clear my thoughts"; or something like that. It was a balmy 115'F heat index in Peoria, IL and by the end of a 60 minute AMRAP I couldn't really tell the difference between sweat, snot, spit, and tears. Mission accomplished.
Twitching: Death will change you if you can't change yourself.
Death creates pause; whether we choose to reflect in that pause is optional, the rupture to a placid perception of reality is not. This isn't a "silver lining" or a "blessing in disguise." If you can't silence the noise, then the music stops too. Novelty memes rarely catch my attention; but I noticed one that read something like:
The things we say at someone's funeral; we should say to them at every birthday.
To no one's surprise, I'm not the cheer-leading type; but there is some genuine truth to that sentiment. By the time we pay tribute it's often too late. What if everything we meant to say by "goodbye" we exchanged shortly after "hello?"
Wake up. Dig deeper. Go further. Take your coffee black, your steak rare, and your whiskey neat. Say please and thank you. Tell people you love them and own your mistakes. Leave political correctness and virtue signaling to the diplomats. Laugh and play until your cheeks hurt and your feet are dirty. Grit your teeth and clinch your fists until the world is yours.
Most importantly. Don't wait. We pay dearly for every second we spend, every word we say, and especially the ones we don't say.
At this particular juncture I could echo the original "Twitching with Twight" article. But instead I'll present an evolution. When you buy Mark's most recent book, Poison, the back cover is watermarked with a heart.
Indeed, the book includes a 2011 article, "The Mind is Primary." The implication being that the body will, secondarily, follow. Also included is a 2016 article, "Heart > Mind." The book ships with this sticker:
Figure it out. Keep twitching.