Life sucks when you have man boobs. I spent my entire youth trapped indoors, playing my computer games because I was afraid to get out there and mix’n mingle with people. I spent most of my days playing Age of Empires, I had my own online clan, we got into tournaments, and it was awesome, I loved every minute of it and I was happy to devote my entire life to playing this game.
But no matter how much I loved playing Age of Empires, I was still totally, utterly devastated every time I was rejected by a girl or laughed at by a group of kids in school, and later, groups of colleagues at work.
Every time I had my heart broken or ego shattered because of my man boobs, being overweight and having poor self-esteem, Age of Empires would suddenly hold no importance in my life whatsoever. At those moments I would give anything and everything, throw away my whole reputation in the Age of Empires community, just to be liked by girls and to be accepted by society, to be comfortable in my own skin.
Reclusive activities like online gaming, movies, the internet and social media (which is not really ‘social’ at all, since you’re hiding behind a screen) can all be fun while you’re doing them (I hear World of Warcraft is so much fun that there are grown adults who are happy to dedicate their whole lives to it), but every time you go out into the real world, whether you’re going into work, or going to collect your Social Security check, you are reminded of our true nature – that we as humans are social beings. Regardless of how much we may love online gaming or re-runs of CSI, we crave to be liked and accepted by society. We crave to be suave with that cute girl behind the desk at the Social Security office and we as men, secretly want to be the leader of the pack at work, the one they all look up to.
If you’re into online gaming or otherwise live a reclusive life the way I used to, then you know what I’m talking about. Even the biggest World of Warcraft fan gets jealous when he goes to the movies and sees James Bond walking into Oxford University and waking up the next morning with a gorgeous british student in his bed. He wishes his life was filled with adventure the way Mr Bean’s is when watching Mr Bean’s Holiday (an excellent movie by the way). He can’t help but feel that something is missing in his life.
Yet on the flip-side of the coin, no-one living an adventurous lifestyle doing cool, dangerous, adventurous things with awesome company, wishes they were at home playing World of Warcraft.
It’s naturally ingrained in our DNA for us to want to be social, popular, and out there, confident and totally comfortable in our own skin.
Man boobs rob us of this natural desire. They rob us of the life we secretly want to live, and replace it with lonely lives behind screens and closed doors. They do this by robbing us of our self confidence, robbing us of our self-image as powerful, masculine men living in a man’s world.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
(Huge cliché warning:) You only live life once (I warned you didn’t I?), express your desires, learn how to get a flat chest, lose your man boobs, become the man you were always meant to be. Make that decision to lose your man boobs, to do whatever it takes to reclaim your masculinity, take charge of your life and live your dreams right NOW. As the awesome Apollo Creed says in Rocky, “There is no tomorrow.” You won’t get a second chance buddy, do what you need to do right now, don’t procrastinate another second, let alone a whole day.
You Are Going To Die
One of the best speeches I ever heard was given by the great Steve Jobs to Stanford University graduates. There’s this one point where he just starts talking about death and dying, and he really drills this point home. He says, “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life… remembering you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”
And it’s not just good ole Mr Jobs. Motivational gurus like Jim Rohn and Les Brown both drill this point home all the time. They’ll look you straight in the face and say in a loud compelling voice, “YOU ARE GOING TO DIE”. They don’t say this to make you feel down about life, they say it to kick your butt into action.
Most people know what they want in life, they know what they need to do to get it, but they never get round to doing anything about it, they never really take action because they’re afraid of commitment and afraid of consequences – “it’s too hard, it’ll take too long, what if I fail? What will so-and-so think of me?”
HELLOOO! YOU ARE GOING TO DIE! ‘so-and-so’ will die as well. Frak what they think of you, do what you need to do. If there’s something you want to achieve in life, if there’s something you want to be, do it now, be it NOW because you are going to die, everyone you know will DIE, and nothing they think will matter. All that matters is how you feel about the way you have lived. Don’t let yourself get old and look back on life with regrets about all the things you didn’t do (like losing your man boobs and enjoying your life).
Death is the single most certain thing in the world. Nothing is more sure and certain in this world than the fact that you will one day DIE. Of all the billions of people that have existed in history, not a single one, no matter how great, has escaped death (though what’s this I hear about Elvis?)
Now I know, it’s not exactly the most upbeat way to start this here short ‘Get Up’n Go’ series, but I want to get this point across to you as effectively as I can. For as long as you have man boobs, you are missing out on life. I know it’s a cliché, but I’m gona say it – life is short, and if you don’t take hold of the reigns, lose your man boobs and take control of your life right now, then life will pass you by, you will grow old, look back on life and wonder what could have been.