Hunter S Thompson.
A famous journalist who invented the ‘gonzo’ style of journalism.
What’s that you say?
Well, he basically went in deep for his stories. He made himself the story within the story.
Typically journalists would write as if they were a fly on the wall; not a single slither of themselves should feature.
Hunter S Thompson was the opposite. He got in deep with the Hells Angels and wrote a piece of them. He was partying with them, riding, taking drugs, and inviting them to his home.
Then he got battered by them for the piece he wrote!
This didn’t stop him, though; he was in high demand for this type of writing.
Anyways, this isn’t a piece about his journalism.
It’s about his insane daily routine.
And when I mean insane, I mean INSANE.
Look at his routine:
3:00 p.m. rise
3:05 Chivas Regal with the morning papers, Dunhills
3:50 another glass of Chivas, Dunhill
4:05 first cup of coffee, Dunhill
4:16 orange juice, Dunhill
5:11 coffee, Dunhills
5:30 more ice in the Chivas
5:45 cocaine, etc., etc.
6:00 grass to take the edge off the day
7:05 Woody Creek Tavern for lunch-Heineken, two margaritas, coleslaw, a taco salad, a double order of fried onion rings, carrot cake, ice cream, a bean fritter, Dunhills, another Heineken, cocaine, and for the ride home, a snow cone (a glass of shredded ice over which is poured three or four jiggers of Chivas)
9:00 starts snorting cocaine seriously
10:00 drops acid
11:00 Chartreuse, cocaine, grass
11:30 cocaine, etc, etc.
12:00 midnight, Hunter S. Thompson is ready to write
12:05-6:00 a.m. Chartreuse, cocaine, grass, Chivas, coffee, Heineken, clove cigarettes, grapefruit, Dunhills, orange juice, gin, continuous pornographic movies.
6:00 the hot tub-champagne, Dove Bars, fettuccine Alfredo
He killed himself aged 67.
He later said:
“I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.”
And I think there lies the issue.
Many people think America killed him, not himself.
As he rose to fame, people expected more of him, and it led him down to this crazy lifestyle he couldn’t let go.
And because it was ‘working’ for him, he kept it going in whatever sense he meant. Even if it was catastrophic to his mental health.
There was no first, second, third, or top gear in the car – just overdrive.
The tragic lesson here is that he didn’t try other ways because he felt it worked for him.
While some geniuses of all time have been insane and crazy, which led them to their greatness, it’s a shame they wouldn’t try other moderate ways. I think a lot of people take these too literally and think “Well if he was crazy and a genius is must be the crazy that caused the genius”
But what if it wasn’t?
None of us should back ourselves into one way of doing something.
We should always be open to change, adapt, and try new ways, especially if they benefit our mental health.
Living in extremes is easier than living in the middle.
It’s why the buddha trained all his life to live “the middle way.”
Living in moderation is the hardest thing to do as the extremes can be so appealing.
And living in moderation means we must always be working on ourselves, no matter what.
Because if we don’t, we slip either way.
We must remain focused, grounded, and open-minded.
Marcus Aurelius, the last of the 5 good Roman emperors, was the most powerful man in the world.
He lived his life following Stoic philosophy (which is described as the west’s version of Buddhism.)
He could have easily lived a life of extreme violence, riches, and pleasure, but he decided not to.
He believed true happiness and joy come from living life in accordance with our values.
His values were self-control, doing the right thing (justice), courage, and wisdom.
So if he said no to drinking more and overeating, he would get joy from saying no itself, not the benefits of less food/drink which would be not getting drunk or fat gain.
Many people struggle with losing weight because when they say no to eating snacks or having junk, they are only happy if they see the resulting weight loss.
But weight loss takes time, it doesn’t happen instantly.
If you got the joy from the self-control itself, and that was enough, you’d find it easier to maintain a lifestyle that eventually leads to weight loss.
And this is exactly what we teach with our Turtle Membership.
We help you step-by-step. This isn’t just about weight loss or muscle gain. It goes far beyond that.
And if you’re someone that’s had enough of just following workout plans or trying different diets and want a complete lifestyle change, then this may be for you.
There’s no point in improving our body if we’re not improving our mindset.
There’s no point in improving our body if we aren’t getting joy from our day to day actions.
There’s no point in improving our body at the expense of living a good life.
Maybe it’s time to try something different and that’s exactly what our Turtle Membership is.