Substance over Style

Substance over Style


A) 5 RFQ on the 3:00
3 Deadlift (70-75%)
6 Alt Pistols
9 Pull-ups

B) For time and pace
800m Run
Rest exactly 2 min
1k Row
Rest exactly 2 min
800m Run
**Keep 800m times within 10-20 seconds**


300m Run
100 Double Unders
18 OHS (95/65)
*Compare to 2/6/14*
Upon being asked life advice at 22 by a friend, author and gonzo journalize Hunter S. Thompson replied with a treatise on choice. Below is a condensed version of his reply. It contains some of the simplest, most profound, and challenging questions you may ask yourself in a search for a meaningful life. In his reply, you may discover it is not the “what,” but the “how” that will get you there.

“To be, or not to be: that is the question: Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or to take arms against a sea of troubles … ” (Shakespeare)

[I]ndeed, the question [is]: whether to float with the tide, or to swim for a goal. It is a choice we must all make consciously or unconsciously at one time in our lives…Think of any decision you’ve ever made which had a bearing on your future…I don’t see how it could have been anything but a choice however indirect— between the two things I’ve mentioned: the floating or the swimming.

[W]hy not float if you have no goal? That is another question. It is unquestionably better to enjoy the floating than to swim in uncertainty.

So how does a man find a goal? Not a castle in the stars, but a real and tangible thing. How can a man be sure he’s not after the “big rock candy mountain,” the enticing sugar-candy goal that has little taste and no substance?

When you were young, let us say that you wanted to be a fireman. I feel reasonably safe in saying that you no longer want to be a fireman. Why? Because your perspective has changed. It’s not the fireman who has changed, but you.

So it would seem foolish, would it not, to adjust our lives to the demands of a goal we see from a different angle every day? How could we ever hope to accomplish anything other than galloping neurosis? The answer, then, must not deal with goals at all, or not with tangible goals, anyway. To put our faith in tangible goals would seem to be, at best, unwise. So we do not strive to be firemen, we do not strive to be bankers, nor policemen, nor doctors. WE STRIVE TO BE OURSELVES.

I don’t mean that we can’t BE firemen, bankers, or doctors— but that we must make the goal conform to the individual, rather than make the individual conform to the goal. In every man, heredity and environment have combined to produce a creature of certain abilities and desires— including a deeply ingrained need to function in such a way that his life will be MEANINGFUL. A man has to BE something; he has to matter.

In short, [rather than a] life [dedicated] to reaching a pre-defined goal…he has…chosen a way of life he KNOWS he will enjoy. The goal is absolutely secondary: it is the functioning toward the goal which is important.

If you now number yourself among the disenchanted, then you have no choice but to accept things as they are, or to seriously seek something else. But beware of looking for goals: look for a way of life. Decide how you want to live and then see what you can do to make a living WITHIN that way of life.

It is not necessary to accept the choices handed down to you by life as you know it. There is more to it than that— no one HAS to do something he doesn’t want to do for the rest of his life. But then again, if that’s what you wind up doing, by all means convince yourself that you HAD to do it. You’ll have lots of company.

your friend,

A life of substance over style. No one lies on their deathbed and expresses gratitude of having been able to be a banker. You’ll want to remember the experiences you had, the people you loved, and the lives you touched. Live for that and the choice that gives you that will do just fine.

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