Man, I get it.
COVID 19, uncertain economic times, potential uncertainty in your career, stress in the home.
You’re not alone.
I’m right there with you.
We’re currently going through the same shit you are.
We’re in the trenches, shoulder to shoulder, fighting the same war, but different battles.
And you know what, I don’t think anyone would blame you if you just wanted to give up…..no, not that kind of ‘give up’. I mean stop trying.
Life’s hard at the best of times, but you had made a decision. 2020 was going to be YOUR year. 2017, 18 & 19 were just a warm up.
You’d made the decision to launch that side hustle, upskill at work, pick up that hobby you’d always wanted to or maybe you were going to just start living a little more.
And then the world throws a massive fucken curve-ball called Coronavirus.
The way I see it, two options.
Say you do nothing; That is, ride out coronavirus, wait/hope for things to return to normal so you can maybe pick up where it all left off.
Sounds simple right?
Well, not quite. There’s really no such thing as staying the same.
We’re either moving forward, progressing, getting better, learning and growing.
You guessed it, moving backwards, regressing, shrinking. Being left behind.
When it comes to growth, be it personal, relationships, financial or physical, these things don’t stay the same when you forget to work on them.
Like muscles that are no longer used, they atrophy.
And in some cases, they wither and die.
I’m not trying to be all doom and gloom here, I’m really not. This is fucking reality.
Your debt is still going to gain interest, your relationships will suffer, your career will stagnate and that dad bod you were working so hard to get rid of will come screaming back with a good old case of the CBF’s to go with it.
And, when all this is said and done and life returns to ‘normal’….you WILL (no maybe here) be further behind than when you started.
Further in debt, further away from that promotion, further away from having that awesome relationship with your wife and kids AND fucking miserable.
And, chances are you wont talk to a soul about any of this, unless you’re having a whinge with your mates over a beer.
No wonder mental health, mens in particular, is on the rise and suicide rates are where they are.
OR, there is another option. So many options actually.
You can DO SOMETHING.
Wanted to launch that business? Great. It costs ZERO fucking dollars to get what you need to start creating a brand.
ABN – FREE
Instagram account – FREE
Facebook Page – FREE
Watching youtube videos/tutorials on how to grow a brand on social media – FREE
Reading blogs/articles online – FREE
Creating content about what you’re learning/doing – also FREE
When it’s all over, you’ll have somewhat of a following and you’ll be in a good position to move onto the next step.
Wanted to get fit but gyms are closed?
Great, here’s what I’ve been doing;
Running – FREE
Bodyweight squats – FREE (need more weight, add a kid to your back)
Pushups – FREE (see above if you need more weight)
Workouts on youtube/facebook – FREE
Bodyweight workouts are some of the most effective workouts you can do.
Guess what else you can do that will help you lose weight AND save you money?
FASTING. Yep, it’s easy and that cost effective, it’ll actually give YOU money back. I’m not going to go into details on it because there are already tonnes of info online that is, you guessed it FREE.
Fasting will also help with your mental toughness, which will help you become better at dealing with all the other bullshit that the pandemic is going to throw at you.
What about that hobby?
Look, I know there are some limitations here, but let’s be realistic. If you really wanted to take up guitar, knitting, wood working or basket weaving, then you would have, already. So stop sooking about something you probably weren’t going to do anyway. See the section on fasting on how to get better at dealing with these things, then go for a run. Trust me, you’ll feel better.
I tell you what else you can do?
Learn more about your money.
Where it’s going, how much your spending and where you can cut back.
Spend more quality time with the wife and kids. Like, proper quality time. When I’m stretching or working in the yard, or doing pushups or working out….or doing anything really, they just want to be around (or on) me.
Sit with them, read, make paper planes, draw. All the stuff you wished your dad did with you but was too busy to do.
Sit and listen to your wife.
Fellas, I know this is fucking hard, and I’m still learning (thank you, wife. But, when your wife is talking. SHUT THE FUCK UP. Do not try to fix, repair, mend or solve. Just listen.
No, actually listen!
Like you did when you were dating and all you wanted to do was bang her brains out so you pretended to be interested and now you’re married with 3 kids.
You know the type. Listen.
You don’t have to agree with all of this. Shit, you don’t have to agree with any of it.
But I know which option I’ll choose.
And when this is all over. DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE go back to the old way. Hold on to the new, improved everything for dear life.
Work on keeping fit, staying connected, keeping on top of your finances, relationships and health.
And enjoy the fuck out of this thing called life, because it is the only one you’ve got.
I’m not here to sell you anything, or do I really want anything from any of you. But, if you did find value in what you just read, or any of my content, please do share it with your friends or family. And shoot me a message.
You can find me on Facebook or Instagram and I will reply to all messages.
Man, I get it.