It’s all a ruse.

No one likes ice baths. You can’t convince me otherwise. No one makes gains in the gym without help. It’s all bread and circuses.

None of the personalities on TikTok, YouTube, or Insta is doing it to help you. They’re helping themselves. Period.

Liver King? Fake.

Carnivore MD, who lives an enchanted life in Costa Rica? Show me when you actually eat the testicles, will you? Bullshit it is.

Wim Hof. Charlatan.

There. I said it.

Do yourself a favor, and ask a few questions about who you’re about to blindly follow down a slippery slope of supplements, vitamins, raw liver, or life-altering meditation.

How did they gain their fame?

Where does their money come from? Who benefits from their lifestyle? Is it attainable? Do they work a normal job, like you, me, and anyone else? Do they have kids?

You see, when the last two sentences are true, a lot of other things go out the window, and you leave priorities behind.

Raising kids or shredding those abs? Ain’t got time for both… and don’t tell me you do! You can’t be 100% in both places.

You either get kids that are well-behaved, smart, like to read, and will pass your genes on successfully, or you get rock-hard abs and shoulders like Adonis. You don’t get both.

Dadbod it is. Get used to it. Get over yourself.

“Life is pain your highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.”

– The Dread Pirate Roberts

It’s true, and you know it.

So relax. Enjoy life. Eat a vegetable with your steak.

I’ve come to realize I know very little about a lot of things, but some things are worth learning more about, and others are not.

I don’t need to chase ultimate nirvana in a cold shower. I like it warm. I don’t need to eat liver to feel better about myself. Have you tried 4% yogurt?

Here’s to some hard truths. May you ever go boldly seeking what you need, and ask many direct questions along the way.

Happy New Year!

PS – can you still lift a few weights and maybe do some pushups once in a while? Sure. Stay loose. Maybe run a trail in the woods, too. Meditate or cry in the shower? Also ok. But let’s skip the ridiculous social media portrayal of what’s “normally” attainable by the average guy, girl, or whoever you are.