S is for...Securable
S is for...Securable
Securable...’able to be attained’. A massively interesting topic, AND an important word within the S is for Something System.
I’m writing this particular entry about it from the perspective of exercise, fitness, and health. Because I’m in the process of trying to get fitter and stronger. But I think all of this stuff is transferable. The same elements apply to every situation, they are just styled and structured differently. The specifics are different. But the theoretical fundamentals, the ‘sine qua non’ is the same.
“All things fundamentally are the same. They are just a bunch of somethings stuck together and presented in different ways.” - Chris Davy
As a kid, I did a lot of sport, I was very active. Everyday, pretty much, I was doing some sort of sport. Truth is, in part I think I did that to escape from my reality of being miles away from my family, and it was a way for me to cope with the separation. Sport is a sphere that you can immerse yourself in and separate yourself from your problems or worries. Partly because you can hijack your mind to think about and focus on other things. Partly because when you do sport you get a hit of all of those feel good chemicals. So even if your reality is shit, sport can make you feel good. Even if you lose, or fail, sport can make you feel good. You can get a hit of all those chemicals in other ways of course; sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll for example. You can use other things to hijack your mind to focus on other things as well; sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll for example. But today I’m looking at sport.
My skills within sport are fairly good I would say. My theoretical knowledge...probably...not so good. The reality is I struggle with the science. The biological, physiological. I just don’t know it. Plain and simple. This is partly because of the pressures that I put on myself to be good at stuff. When your step-grandfather is a successful scientist you’ve got a lot to live up to. Whether I think I do or don’t need to live up to him, should or shouldn’t live up to him, it’s a factor that I can say has had impact on me. As far as I’m concerned his accomplishments are a standard in my unique family, and it’s a standard I aspire to live up to. Personally, I feel I’m achieving something similar within the realms of psychology and linguists with the S is for Something System. At least I hope I am. I mean, the proof is in the pudding really. Since I am consciously using it a lot more these days, let's see what I can do.
In a nutshell, science has always basically been a bit of a stress and anxiety trigger of mine. Probably because some of those within the field have a particular attitude, demeanour, and way of thinking that I struggle to get on with all the time.
This is basically where I end up.
But also, given that science is focused on truth and fact, studying it often brought me crashing back to reality. Which in truth, as a kid, at times, I fucking hated my reality. Not all the time, but some of the time. And that’s enough to keep you from truly enjoying something. Especially when you don’t have the tools, skills or experience to know how to enjoy it in spite of the set backs.
Anyway, let’s get back on course, as a kid I struggled massively at times with my self image. Maybe not in public(debatable given my many hair cuts), but definitely in private. But it’s because I wasn’t educated to understand why my body was the way it was. Well, I mean, I could have been educated to understand it. It was probably part of the curriculum. I was probably 'educated', but I wasn't 'educated'. Because when your mind is cloudy and you can’t focus, shit doesn’t go in, and anything that does go in probably doesn’t stick. Eventually, I developed my I don't give a fuck, fuck it attitude and my worries with self-image disappeared. But it would have been better if I had the knowledge and skills to comprehend my struggles to overcome them. I could have achieved a lot more. And to be fair to myself, I think I have achieved a lot.
I was athletic and capable at sport, but I thought I was fat. Reality is that was just my body fat, which was clearly healthy. But, because of all the...you know...media...and all the movies, commercials, advertisements, magazines etc. I didn’t feel great. Genuinely, I felt ugly, weak and stupid. I was demoralised. I wanted to look and feel strong. Which a teenager shouldn’t really have to feel. No one should have to feel. But I did, and the reality is media has grown and developed from whence I was a teenager, so we can safely say that some teenagers today struggle even more because the discussion is magnified and amplified. I think everyone will experience this at some point. I've touched on this before. We all experience the same hurdles at some point or another. It just depends on whether or not we are prepared for them when we reach them.
It’s pretty much why I studied all the things I’ve ever studied. To try and make sense of all this shit.
Could I look like The Rock? Yeah probably.
Could I look like Cristiano Ronaldo? Again, yeah probably.
Arnold Schwarzenegger? Again, yeah.
But it all requires several specifics.
The key as far as I’m concerned is about 'setting sincere securable specifics'.
I just need a scheme and a strategy that I can strive for. Ideally a simple one.
This is what I’m doing in terms of fitness at the moment. I’m going back to basics. I’m essentially going back to what I used to do as a kid. Gymnastics. But I'm also doing this because of the life I have. I work Monday - Friday, 9-5pm. I have my little boy. I want a social life. I have other things I want to do with my time.
Week 1. I’ve just done
100 - Upper Bodyweight Exercises
100 - Lower Bodyweight Exercises
100 - Core Bodyweight Exercises
I rested on
Today I’m resting, and tomorrow I will rest too. It's the weekend man. It's what it's for when you work Monday to Friday, 9-5.
Next week. I’ll do 200 on the same days. I'll increase, tweak and adjust this as I see fit over the coming weeks. There are other things that I need to include in my pursuit of a healthier, stronger body. But the at the core of it for me is good psychology. Which I believe I have in the S is for Something System.
The secret after that? Stick with it. Stay on course. Don't set a deadline. It's a lifestyle. Simple.
The goal? The definition of success? A style of life that means I can physically do what I want everyday. In my mind at this point. I'm thinking success would be defined as smashing out 1000 upper, lower and core bodyweight exercises everyday without struggling.
I don't need to be massive. I just need to be healthy. If I can't control my bodyweight, there is no point adding extra weight as far as I'm concerned.
For the record. This is me today. After Week 1. Fiiiiiiiiit as fuck!
Who doesn't love a good quote?
"To secure peace is to prepare for war." - Carl von Clausewitz
Songs to listen to now:
Security - Otis Redding
Security - Royce da 5'9"
I Might Need Security - Chance The Rapper
Security Check - Left Boy
Security - Joss Stone
No Security - Skepta
Security - Myke Grizzly
Security - Stacie Orrico