The key to happiness is to get naked…
No designer jeans required. In fact, if you’ve got some on right now, tear em’ off and throw em’ on the floor.
“I think the invention of pockets ruined everything, I think we were much happier, living naked, running around on the beach eating fruit and fucking”
I once saw a Craigslist ad, in the section, where they list all the boot camps and fitness training services. The ad was for “Nude Personal Training”. The guy talked about how training nude was the best way to get results, and he was happy to come and help you out for just $100 a session.
However, you better hurry cuz’ he can only take on up to 6 clients at a time, and right now 4 of those spots are taken, so there’s only 2 spots left, meaning, you better act fast if you’re interested. Can you start this afternoon?
Nice little racket this guy had, getting bored Orange County housewives to take their clothes off and do squats for him for $100 an hour.
And if you need help with some nutritional planning or life coaching, he’s happy to help you out with that too. We all know what hard work weight loss can be, so whatever it takes to make you happy while you lose the weight, he’s at your service.
Now… this blog post is about the bare-nakedness of happiness… but not that kind of happiness, or that kind of nakedness.
It’s about being naked in a whole different kinda way…
Naked of the idea that we can only be happy “because of” something outside of us, instead of just plain being fucking happy.
The happiness can stay, but the “because of”, is a rude and unwelcome guest, and has gotta go.
The entire reason happiness is such an elusive little son of a bitch is that we’ve been looking in the wrong places…
… Like in ones and zeros on a screen, in people, and in between their legs, in the future and over there, in some idealistic life that can never come true and even if it did, we most likely wouldn’t want it.
Do we really think happiness is meant to be all that complicated?
Yes, we “think” so… because it’s our thinking that causes it to be that way in the first place.
We think if we just get enough money, enough possessions, enough security, enough sex, enough love, enough attention, enough admiration, the right person and the right look, the we, will be happy.
For guys, most of this usually about the money and sex, for women, love and security.
“I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.”
But we really know don’t we?
Deep inside we know that no matter how many numbers we’re able to get up there on that screen, no matter how much cool shit we own, now matter how much recognition and respect the world gives us, no matter what we look like or the person we’re with looks like… none of it’s gonna fill that fucking hole…
… That bottomless pit that only exists because we keep digging away with the shovel of our longing.
Part of us knows that no matter how deep we dig, we’re never gonna get there. At least the part of us that never dies knows this.
And the reason we can never get there, is because we’re already there.
“We are never living, but hoping to live; and while we are always preparing to be happy, it is certain, we shall never be so”
The truth that you and I already know, is that if we’re not happy right here and now, we’re never gonna be happy then and over there…. no matter how perfect of a life we’re able put together when we get there.
And even if the perfect life would make us happy, the fact is, life ain’t never gonna be perfect, except for in it’s imperfections.
Like the late great Bill Hicks said, life is a ride at an amusement park. It’s full of twists and turns and ups and downs … and no one rides for free.
I mean, let’s be real here, life is fucking hard man. It can dish out one helluva beating more brutal than the fiercest of leg breakers ever to carry a baseball bat and a pair of pliers.
Life is full of conflict, chaos and hard painful lessons. And every time we solve a problem, it’s replaced by two more.
But no matter how hard life is, it’s light years beyond awesome, and we have a CHOICE…
We can get all worked up about what’s going wrong in our lives, who’s screwing us over, and how things should be some other way.
Or we can accept things as they are, and be happy regardless of what our life is like at the moment.
Of course we can work to change the parts we don’t like, if changing them is something we wanna do. But we gotta be cool on the inside in spite of any crazy shit we may be going through.
And yes, there will be periods when happiness seems utterly impossible. When not even Richard Pryor himself could come back from the dead and get us to crack a smile.
Like when we lose someone we love and who meant the world to us. These are the times we just need to ride it out and hold on with everything we’ve fucking got, because after the dark nights, the days will be more beautiful than ever before… if we’re willing to fully experience the pain. If we can do that, we can be happy.
We actually get to decide right here, right now, to be miserable, or to be happy, no matter how complicated, fucked up or disagreeable our life may be.
And if we can’t be happy right here, right now… at least most of the time… then we’re never gonna be able to be happy if and when we finally get life dialed in the way we want it.
“I am determined to be cheerful and happy in whatever situation I may find myself. For I have learned that the greater part of our misery or unhappiness is determined not by our circumstance but by our disposition.”
Martha Washington was DEFINITELY hardcore about her happiness
If you find yourself feeling “not so great”, more often then you’d like to, then eat better, move more, meditate, face whatever it is you’re putting off and help more other people to be happy.
It’s as simple as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Happiness is not over there.
And it’s never then.
It’s right here, right now, anytime you want it.
All it takes, is an uncompromising commitment to be happy, no matter what.
The choice is yours (=
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