Interlude: You are currently traveling at 1280 K’s a second!

Just to freak you out, if you are on Earth (therefore not an alien in space reading my blog, and if you are, what’s the deal with all of the anal probes?) then you are constantly moving. That’s right, even if you are sitting on a chair keeping completely still you are still moving at incredible speeds. How? Well this is where it gets cool.

Although it is relative to where you are situated on the globe, most of us near the equator are turning at a ruff speed of 1000K’s an hour. Of cause we don’t feel this because time is relative (which I will explain in the next post) yet at all times we are moving this fast.

But stop!! There is more. Not only are you traveling 1000K’s around the globe, the Earth is also rotating around the sun at 107,000K’s an hour. We know this by the distance between the sun, the Earth, and when we do a complete rotation.

Yet wait!!! There is still more. The sun is currently moving through our galaxy at 72,420 K’s per hour. We know this as we can compare ourselves with the positions of the other stars. And whilst we are looking at this we may as well discuss the rotation of the Milky Way which is going at 885,000 K’s around our galaxy, which itself is moving at 405,000K’s through the universe. There is of cause the fact that the universe could be moving as well though I checked my brain out of the door about two paragraphs ago and can’t continue further.

So why am I letting you know this? Is it just a way of getting back at our gym instructors by telling them how many K’s we did today? Is it to make Aliens think twice about their little weird ways of showing expression to us? No. It’s just to make your think.

At any moment you are traveling at approximately 4,595,000 K’s per hour or 1,280 K’s per second. It’s not exactly the speed of light though it is pretty impressive. And whilst you are doing this you are not even aware of it.

Sometimes we need to step back and realise that there is much more happening beyond our perception. There is so much amazing stuff out there and yet we get fixated on how someone took our seat on the train, on how bob got the promotion we were after, or, how life is unfair. I know the old proverb ‘respect what you have’ can be annoying, but I believe that this is primarily because we don’t actually realise what we have. When we bring ourselves inward and into the present moment the true beauty of this world can warm our hearts. It’s not always easy to be aware of, and it is not always easy to embrace it, yet if possible, it is worth stopping once in a while and yelling S#@T Balls! I just moved 1,280K’s in one f*%king second 🙂


Interlude: The worst case scenario and the Kardashian’s

Being a person that constantly thinks about worst case scenarios is much like choosing to watch the Kardashian’s. It’s painful, it makes no sense and it’s like smacking your head against a wall. Yet why do we do it?

Constantly running the worst case scenario in our mind is a protective mechanism designed to ease the pain of possible future outcomes. People who do it have often gone through an experience within their lifetime which gave them a massive shock, followed by pain and even trauma.  The idea of the worst case scenario is to prepare a person from the full intensity of future shocks, thereby making life less painful.

If done correctly this technique can be beneficial. Though if done incorrectly it is much like trying to find philosophy quotes on Kim K’s tweets. Yet again, it will do your head in…

Our mind is extremely powerful, and when we run the worst case scenario we not only see a possible outcome, we experience it. In many ways, unless we remain emotionally distant, we are putting our self through torture. The longer we think about all of the bad things that can happen to us the more we build anxiety, worry, doubt and of cause, fear.

So is it possible to make this process work to our benefit? As Kim K said in her most famous video, yes, yes, oh Yes, YES!!!

When you think about it, the worst case scenario in most cases would have to be death. And even death, when faced with the realisation that your time is up, is often followed by acceptance. We go through acceptance because we realise that there is nothing we can do about the inevitable outcome. Therefore most people accept it and make the most of the time they have left.

So if death (or watching a full season of the Kardashian’s… whichever comes first) is the ultimate worst case scenario, and even that can be embraced, then there isn’t much to fear except for fear itself.

If you remove personal pride, distance yourself from ego and see the big picture of life, then many of the things we take most seriously can become insignificant. Getting a written warning from work is no different from hanging out at the principal’s office as a child. Going through a breakup is nothing more than an opened door to finding self-love. And not knowing what you are doing in life means that your possibilities are endless.

It is important to remember that the impact of most experiences, are as big as the emphasis and perception we apply to them. So sure, we can make our worst case scenarios as big as the Kardashian’s, or, we can see how most outcomes are insignificant, just like the Kardashian’s. And by looking at the worst case scenario in this way, we realise that we don’t have to fear the outcome, but instead, just be aware of our mindset.