1 day ago
Boy am I gonna miss this when we’re in Jordan. I’ll be taking an extended hiatus from my powerlifting program, away from my bunnies, and without all the luxuries and comforts I’m so used to having constant access to. It’ll be uncomfortable at times. I won’t be getting nearly the calories or protein I get here at home. And it’s inevitable that I’m going to lose some of the strength and muscle mass that I’ve worked so long for. But our World is in crisis. Our Earth’s land is being degraded further and further by the day. Our people are sick, starving and many of them are completely helpless. I’m NOT helpless. I was born into American wealth and privilege. I have opportunities to help. For years I lived frivolously, blind to the fortunes I have that others don’t, spending my time, money and energy all on myself. Living that way was fun, but it wasn’t at all fulfilling. And towards the end of my twenties, I started to realize it. I was bored with myself. I loved my life, but was restless and unhappy about the lack of usefulness I was having in society. Each day that I’m here I use more resources, contribute further to the National debt, support the elite class, leave a bigger carbon footprint, and I don’t do nearly enough in return. Some of those things are incredibly hard to avoid in our modern western culture. And most of them I’m doing my best to change, but the easiest thing I can change is how I spend my time. Where is lifting weights and looking good going to truly help me in my purpose to serve in God’s Kingdom? It’s important to be healthy and fit. And it’s very important to me to show that using animals for our food is unnecessary to be strong and look good. And having a true selfless reason to continue pursuing a passion or hobby is to me, essential for happiness. But as much as I love fitness, I can’t find my life’s purpose in that. I can’t play around in Grand Rapids, Michigan while so much of our World needs help. I’m no expert at anything, let alone soil rejuvenation, reversing desertification, and growing real food. But I have to do SOMETHING. I have to learn. I have to try. If you’re not doing your best, what are you even doing?