Get in touch with your inner primal human.
Today’s world is artificial.
Cars. Buildings. Money. Cell Phones. Computers. Even fake relationships.
While in some cases our advancements have made our lives better, easier, safer, and healthier, in other ways we are worse off.
In today’s day and age we are less likely to spend time in our natural habitat, the one we evolved in, that is… nature.
This not only has to do with our busy day-to-day lives, religion, and moving out of the motherland (central Africa, and into the cold and unforgiving lands above the 36th parallel), but also just pure laziness and a lack of motivation.
We have lost a huge amount of connection to our primal selves, our innate selves that want to explore, survive, mate, hunt, and forage.
Could this be why depression has skyrocketed while quality of life has done nothing but increase? Possibly. We just don’t take the time anymore to be human.
In the first world, we don’t brush death, starvation, or battle the elements and nature. Life has become benign, boring, a long slog though and easy existence.
Can getting in touch with your primal self change your life for the better?
Having human experiences makes you feel alive.
When is the last time you really felt alive?
Let’s examine some ways you can connect to your inner human.
First Off, Lift, Run, or Do Anything Physical
Pushing against resistance is what our existence was founded upon.
When you hit a PR in the gym, or you almost kill yourself doing cardio, you feel like you are on top of the world.
This feeling is lost on today’s world because we just don’t push ourselves.
You literally need to push yourself every day!
Don’t get soft and out of shape.
Most all great men, from our earliest ancestors to the ancient Greeks and Romans, to Teddy Roosevelt and “the strenuous life”, to modern day badasses, did and do tons and tons of physical activities.
Life was risky for our ancestors.
You could go out on a hunt, break your leg, and never come back.
Not so today.
We love being comfortable, and hate putting ourselves out there.
The problem then arises that life gets boring.
It’s the same thing day in and day out.
You need to do some risky things to break the monotony.
How can you take risks?
Do what you want to do (but stay within the laws) and don’t care what others say or think.
Everyone has an opinion, either good or bad.
If you let others dictate your actions, you will amount to nothing.
“To avoid criticism, do nothing, be nothing, say nothing.”
– Elbert Hubbard
Good thing you can’t feel words if you don’t want to, huh? Ignore haters and go after your dreams.
Win… and Lose
With winning comes confidence, something all humans need to be successful.
With every successful “hunt”, your build your confidence little by little.
Pretty soon you have a pretty good snowball of momentum going and you can’t be stopped.
Losing also comes into play here.
A lot of people are afraid to lose (or fail).
What they don’t realize, is that losing is necessary to win.
You must fail in order to succeed.
Get knocked down 9 times, get up 10.
I know it sucks to get rejected, but ingrain it in yourself that it just wasn’t the right situation for you at the moment and move on.
“Life is something that happens for you, not to you.”
– Tony Robbins
Not everything or everyone goes your way, and when you realize this, you realize that the RIGHT people, the RIGHT opportunities, and the RIGHT circumstances will work out and that all the times you failed were just to find something that is RIGHT for you.
I’ve failed at more things than you can count, but when I look back on it, I realize it just wasn’t the right situation, and sometimes I even have a huge sigh of relief that it didn’t happen. You need to look at life in this context to keep your sanity.
Get Into Nature
Do some hiking.
Hit a workout outdoors.
Go to the lake, ocean, or river.
Get lost in nature.
Feel the sun on your skin and the breeze in your hair.
Nature slows us down and grounds us, relieves stress, and takes us out of the rat race.
It’s funny, I’ll sometimes cycle long distances, and there are several stretches along the urban trail I ride where it’s just me and nature.
It’s totally peaceful.
I’ll be going along, and all of the sudden I’ll hear the familiar sound of a highway ahead.
Do you know what I feel when I hear those tires on the pavement?
It all comes back and hits you hard and fast.
Society is stressful, and it will chew you up and spit you out.
Get away from it every once in a while.
If you live in colder climates, travel somewhere warm and desolate in the winter (I want to go to Bali).
Here’s a good post on how to travel on the cheap.
Last But Not Least… Sex
You knew it was coming. (that’s what she sa…. uh never mind!)
Sex is uncomfortable to talk about in modern society because there still is some kind of weird taboo around it carried over from the old days.
But everyone needs it.
Yes, we were meant to have sex as a means of procreation to further advance our species, so it’s about as primal as it comes.
Sex is inherently good, but in today’s world you have to do it right. Protect yourself.
A Meaningless, Boring Existence is Not The End For You
Connect to your inner primal human.
Break out of the funk and do something risky.
How will you feel alive?