PA (short for "Profound Assholes") is a series on SpeedontheBeat.com where I have a no-punches-pulled conversation with a friend about a hot-button issue (yay cliches!). That friend is usually none other than Drizzle Sez formerly of DrizzleSez.wordpress.com, who co-created the PA format (go check out his site. It's still live and still kicks much ass to this day). Today, we discuss betterment and such.
Speed: To not give a shit about negativity and just be awesome to achieve happiness?
Drizzle: That, too. But, this time? I'm talking about being awesome by doing things that put people--and more importantly, yourself--in awe.
Speed: Isn't that the definition of awesome?
Drizzle: Indeed. Simple and sweet. BUT! Do you know how it is I wake up every morning, go to the toilet bowl, and fill it with excellence?
Speed: Because you exceed expectations?
Drizzle: Because every morning, I wake up and say "I'ma be better than I was yesterday." I'ma learn something new, do something better, help someone, et cetera. What I do today will be better than yesterday. And you know what? If you're always bettering yourself, you'll never look back and envy so-called "glory days." Why? Because your "glory day" is today.
Speed: Bask in the power of forward thinking...and positivity. It's a new day. And this new...day rocks!
Drizzle: Wrestling reference?
Drizzle: But, yes. But, so many people become complacent with their existence that they get by instead of get better.
Speed: Fuck. That. Shit. I'm...not gonna quote Gurren Lagann or OPM this time. That's expected. However, y'all need to stop being basic-ass people and do what you need to do to get better. How? JUST DO IT!
Speed: You're quoting that fuckhole Shia LaBeouf?
Speed: Kinda. But, don't worry about the past or possibly failing. If you want to be awesome, just fucking do it! Get off your goddamn ass, stop being basic, don't let the happiness today be the killer of the happiness of tomorrow!
Drizzle: I think that complacency is the route to unhappiness. Complacent people will argue that the endlessly-driven individuals are like fiends chasing the dragon, always looking for an unattainable goal. BUT! The endlessly-driven individual shouldn't be looking for an unattainable goal. Life is a marathon, not a dash. You can get ahead with baby steps. If your goal is to be better today than you were yesterday, you achieve your goal daily.
And achieving your goals? That'll make you happy.
Speed: Because we're a species of creatures who like goals and objectives and shit. And when we accomplish them, we feel that gratification and that feeling of being awesome.
Drizzle: Well, think about it like this. Eventually, baby steps equate to leaps and bounds.
What, or rather, who you were at 18 is not who you were at 10.
Speed: This is true. For many reasons.
Drizzle: If at 25, you look back at 24 and see the same difference between 18 and 10 (when you did it unconsciously), you're gonna feel like a Super Saiyan. You just made your life infinitely better.
Now, that's a wee exaggeration--
Speed: Why, because we can't go Super Saiyan in real life?
Drizzle: No. But, anyway, fuck it. The point is made. When everyone else around you is looking back at those "glory days," you're gonna look back at that same time period and be like "the fuck was I on?!"
Speed: I know, in some ways, I already have. I mean, example time. Let's look back at freshman year. There was so much tomfoolery going on. Rap beefs, fighting folks, threesomes with chicks who called me "nigger," those whole "relationships" I had with what's-her-tits and what's-her-face, et cetera, et cetera.
Drizzle: Tweed. But, you get what I'm saying? Other motherfuckers like "that shit was so live." I'm over here like "we was on some fuckboy shit." Shit is live now. We're alive now! So, I like making now better than yesterday.
Speed: True. Brothers out here so worried about how washed they're becoming. But, for instance, if you've got a family and shit, isn't that better than running around turning up and trying to hit on chicks with zero motherfucking game?! I'm happy I've got kids and that I'm doing big shit within my professional life, on both sides. I'm out here doing shit I didn't even imagine was possible at 18. Fuck all the reminiscing on the "good ol' days." I'm getting older, but I'm getting better.
Drizzle: But, yeah. Back to baby steps. If I learn one useful thing a day, in a year? I'll have 365 more uses in my life.
Speed: 366 in a leap year.
Drizzle: The road to spiral powah is not hard and it stacks up quick.
Speed: There's the Gurren Lagann reference.
Drizzle: And that goes against this argument that people say doing better will take up too much time. You know, the "I ain't got four years to go to school" argument. Facts are, with things that take time, the time will pass regardless of if you do it or not.
So let's go small.
For example: five minutes passes. Will you have learned a new word from the dictionary after five minutes or will you've achieved nothing? Five minutes. That's the time most commercial breaks take. Do that shit on a commercial break. At the end of the year, your vocabulary will have exploded.
Take it up to twenty minutes. You gonna do push ups or do nothing? People who share bathrooms will wait that much time for a shower--which your smelly ass will need if you power workout, Do that sort of thing every day for a year and you'll see a difference.
Speed: That's how a drill works.
But, people don't look at it like that.
Drizzle: I'll get to that in a sec. But, first! Bettering yourself everyday doesn't have to be monu-fuckin'-mental. You can do it in the time between the shit you do everyday.
Speed: Make every second count.
Drizzle: It ain't even that. I'm just saying you can be better today than you were yesterday in the shortest of time. Now people don't see the little shit like they should because of some shit I said before. Welcome to the age of the internet.
Speed: Dun dun dunnnnnn!
Drizzle: I know. Give me a soapbox. Because of the internet, this is the age of instant gratification. So, when you babystep, you won't notice the change as much 'cause it's not happening fast enough to register to you.
Speed: Go on...
Drizzle: Man, I've preached on that too much already. Shit, the reason why we started doing PA was because of that op-ed I wrote about relationships online. Yeah. Look there. Anyway, this time around, I'ma actually be nice...ish. If you keep with it, when you look back, you'll see the difference.
Speed: I mean, just look at the op-ed and PA. We were just two dudes talking truthful shit. Eventually, it blew up to where it is now because we made each one better than the one before it. So, it works, dammit. It works.
Profound Assholes -- we're like Lifehack, but more raw and real and not afraid to drop F-bombs and shit.