Does Fight Club have the key to contentment?
The first rule of Fight Club quote tells me to not talk about Fight Club. This follows with the second rule of Fight Club, You DO NOT talk about Fight Club. The idea of course is to hammer home the idea that the group should be kept secret. Expectations are clear and there should be no confusion with accountability.
If you haven’t seen this movie I’m telling you now it’s a must see. For a time in my life I watched that movie daily, almost like an affirmation. There is a lot of critical lessons to learn in that movie that can lead to satisfaction and contentment in our lives. Much like the penis added to the film rolls, you won’t know it’s there unless you slow it down and look for it.
Can we discover a transcendence of existence where we are truly content and at a perfect state?
Why I started this article with the first rule of Fight Club quote was to amplify the thought process that we can just think something into existence and make it reality. Can we just tell ourselves to feel a certain way and make it true?
I listened to a Tony Robbins podcast just recently and he made a great point about our minds. The human mind is a program for survival. The mind is designed to see dangers, be apprehensive, and prepare for the worst case scenario.
What we need to do is reprogram our thought process from it’s natural inclinations and “modernize” it. We need to consistently tell ourselves to not be fearful or apprehensive or our natural thought process will make it happen.
Are you happy with where you are in life right now?
It seems like a simple question that should get a simple answer. As I’ve learned however, most things in life are a matter of perception. I’ve come to that moment in life where I’m just too content.
That means I’m missing something right?
I competed in some fashion from T-Ball when I was 5 to MMA in my 30s.
Why is it when I’m at the best moment in my life I feel I’m missing something?
Is it some sort of self-abasement or penance I deserve for having such a comfortable environment and surroundings? Am I lacking the primitive instincts of the Hunter Gatherer, tackling all types of beasts and prey to provide while fending off attackers and defending the village?
Why do we always need more, is this what it means to have a midlife crisis?
I don’t think so, according to the definition of midlife crisis “an emotional crisis of identity and self-confidence that can occur in early middle age.” I am at no loss on my identity, I more than enjoy who I am, what I have done, and where I am at. What best suits my perception of events to this point in my life is a quote from a movie that’s provided me as many spiritual and philosophical insights as any other movie or book I’ve read.
“We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our great war is a spiritual war… Our great depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars, but we won’t. We’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off.”
As I spoke about in Finding Zen With Martial Arts I use my Martial Arts and training to find my state.
My state of being where I can let go of my fears, worries, anxieties, and reprogram my “natural” thought process.
Like the first two rules of Fight Club, I consistently tell myself what I need to do to improve. Live smart but without fear and find the positive and not the negative in every situation.