Making A Beast of Yourself

He who makes a beast of himself relieves himself the pain of being a man.

Hunter S. Thompson

I wouldn’t say I feel the “pain” of being a (hu)man but there’s definitely a lot to process on a daily basis normally — not to mention in times of chaos on uncertainty.

This is why I make sure to find the time to turn off that part of my brain and decompress. While I think meditation is an effective way to manage that generally feeling of being overwhelmed, I am not a person who meditates in the “normal” way.

I’m a high energy person so what I’ve found works for me is massive exertion of energy, usually in the form of an activity that really requires full focus. In my case it’s playing drums or training/competing in some kind of combat sport like boxing or muay thai.