The Body As Our Paycheck…


I just didn’t feel like writing this week — so I didn’t.  It’s my blog and I enjoy that power.  That said, please enjoy this one from the past.  Maybe something new next week, we shall see…

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  I have a simple cure for the problem of not having something we want; quit wanting it. 

 Or this…

 We can obtain just about any want we want these days, and do so with ease in our vast and hypnotic retail world.  We can download the music we want – instantaneously, and while sipping coffee and wearing a bathrobe.  If our credit is good, we can avoid the plaid-pants guy and purchase the car we want online, and in a matter of minutes.  We can pick up the bottle of wine we want from the grocery on the way home from work.  Want new lawn chairs?  We can get them at the grocery when we purchase our wine. We can buy electronics, designer pets, crap for our yards, art, and entertainment, and in this era of want-driven unnecessary consumption, we can purchase our wants quickly, and usually without straying too far from home.

 Not to suggest that we don’t first work hard – often very hard, that we have ample money to fulfill our wants.  We do work hard for our paychecks.  As hard workers though, we have evolved to feel that we deserve our wants – that wanting itself, is self-evident and God given.  After all, what good is working hard if we’re not also wanting hard?  Once that hard earned money is in hand, we can immediately go want hunting for any want we want.  Any want but an improved body. 

 For the balance of this article, the improved body I refer to is not about such important things as balance, flexibility, stamina, and strength –the things that matter most in human physicality.  In this instance, the improved body I write of is just another want;  the smokin’ hot body of our  youth.  Or more likely, of someone else’s youth.

 Ask Oprah.  She has lots of money – shitloads, and lots of wants too, which I’m sure she fulfills easily.  Make no mistake, Oprah has worked hard, very hard, and has earned her money, and most of her wants.  Among her greatest wants, whether she admits it or not, Oprah wants to look smokin’ hot.  According to TV Guide, Oprah has dedicated more on-air hours to fitness and food related topics than all other topics combined – and often aided by some of the world’s leading experts in these matters.  Despite this, Oprah doesn’t look like a skinny teenager, because skinny teenager can’t be bought, it must be earned with hard work – just like her paychecks.

 Our bodies, just like the money we earn to  buy all of our wants, also has to be earned – it has to be earned.  We put forth great effort to garner our monthly paychecks, often performing tasks which we would rather not do, in order to get that cash reward.  We often hate who we work for, dislike our work surroundings, and dread the arrival to work each day as though all that awaited us at our cubicle was a daily gallbladder removal –without the benefit of anesthetic.  Because we want, we show up to work, subject ourselves to all we don’t want, so we can fulfill all we do want.

 In body-want, we must also work hard in order that we receive that paycheck – payment in the form an improved aesthetic.  Still, most fail in achieving this want.  I will suggest that if $200 were awarded to us after each (hard) workout, the nation would workout hard, and workout regularly.  Offer us each another $200 for every healthy meal eaten – we would eat healthy, and consistently.  Another $200 still, for every sugary treat passed upon?  We would surely pass on the treats. 

 If we truly had this sort of compensation system for our bodies, we would be a nation of smokin’ hot people – with pockets full of cash.  Though most of us may want to be, we are certainly not a nation of smokin’ hot people.  So why is it that we are willing to work so hard for our money-wants but not our body-wants?  Why are we willing to endure 40+ hours weekly, doing that which we loathe, and put ourselves through so much, that we may buy so many needless things we want?  Why too, do we fall short when it comes to working for our own bodies, when an investment of just 3-5 hours per week is all that is needed – and a few good meals daily?

 I’ll tell you why; because changing the landscape of the human body is among the hardest endeavors we dare to want.  To succeed in changing the body will take a level of effort, discipline, and consistency that our bosses at work would appreciate, and expect from us.  Never, would we let them down.  I call bullshit on us America.  By not earning what we want from our bodies, we are letting ourselves down.

 If we want that improved body, in the same way we want the money to buy that new coat, that new flat panel TV, or that purse-puppy we just have to have, we will have to earn it just like we earned all else we want and (seem to) enjoy.  If we want that new body, today is the day we should submit our employment application – to ourselves.  Just remember though, a smokin’ hot body is only a want, and in the scope of our lives, a smokin’ hot body can only offer as much meaning as an i-pod, a Lexus, or a 3-pound hand-held terrier.

 I have a simple cure for the problem of not having something we want.  We should quit wanting it, or at least be prepared to earn it.  Be well.  rc