Not in the wild, beast-like manner that you may be thinking, but you are most definitely an animal. And you are meant to live like a human being.
Ok. So now you may be thinking, “Adam is being weird, why do I even read this blog”. But my point is, we aren’t really free. If you take into consideration how we live, it’s very similar to animals in captivity. We spend most of our lives inside a box, whether it be a house, a cubicle, or even a car. This is not a good set up.
Let’s consider any animal in captivity. They get frustrated, they act out of the ordinary for their species, they don’t even want to mate with each other. When they do it actually makes headlines, “_________ animal has cute baby!”. Kind of ridiculous, however, does it remind you of anyone you know?
“I can’t seem to get to sleep at night anymore!
“My libido isn’t what it used to be”
“We’ve been trying to have children for a year now”
“I keep gaining weight despite eating ‘well'”
I could continue forever. These complaints are usually accompanied with stuff like
“I’ve been working hard, putting in a lot of hours at the office”
“Man, I’m so stressed out about _______”
“Did you see the late, late show last night???”
These people aren’t being the human they were designed to be. Think about those animals again. When they are taken out of captivity and allowed to go back to their native environment, (excluding those who have been raised by captive animals with copious human intervention), they thrive! While my first sentence in this paragraph sounds almost philosophical, it is meant to be read more seriously. We need to move, eat, and think like we are designed to. We’re captive. No wonder we suffer from these common problems (infertility, obesity, sleep disturbance, anxiety, depression). Your genetics are responsible for your problems just as much as they are for your successes. Live in a way that your genetics are designed to react optimally to.
We’ll dive into the “how”s and “why”s of this subject more at a later date. For now I want you to start thinking about the parallels between the problems that animals in captivity live with, and the common complaints you hear from people. After that, consider the ways in which you are being held “captive” and what you’d do different if you were “free”.
All the best everyone! Have a great Thanksgiving.