Today as I walked into the gym I realised something that I have been postulating for a while.
Gyms are the most depressing places in the world.
They are filled with empty people working tirelessly to perfect their surface (and internal to some extent) and the level of superficiality in there makes me nauseous.
Nobody smiles. Nobody speaks. People walk around like mindless drones who occasionally make contact and fear any interaction whatsoever. Most people are trying so hard to look like serious athletes. The level of pretence is laughable.
No sum of money is worth standing in a container filled with deafeningly bad music and superficially conceited drones.
People in gym’s aren’t active. If you want to see active people; go to a library. Those people are actually working out.
You can train your body till your heart desires, but it will always just be a vessel destined for perpetual decay.
My brain is my gym. It is where I workout the most. And when my body is laid down to the ground, it will be my words that transcend me. Not my abs.
An active mind is worth a million perfectly toned bodies. Minds change the world. Minds educate our children. Minds hold the seeds of growth and reform. An impeccably chiseled body will only serve you up until death.
Your mind is your most valuable asset; work on that. Your words live on; your body doesn’t.
Gyms are for dead people. Libraries are for the living.
Don’t let anybody make you believe that having a perfect body is the optimum for life.
Strength comes from your ability to think critically about power structures, social injustice and global development. How much you fucking bench press has absolutely nothing to do with strength.
Certainly, training your body and training your mind are not mutually exclusive. But, if you spend more time in a gym than you do in between the pages of a book or engaging in community work/activism. You’re fucking up.
If you want to get fit, I recommend you to train outdoors. Nature has no opinion of your body and isn’t trying to compete with you. The gym is a spectacle.
If you want to have your soul sucked out by mindless vanity, feel free to join your local gym. But, I definitely won’t be going back after today.