Being alone is not that bad

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It seems like I have been to every region in the United States. If I didn’t live there, I at least visited or drove through. I spent 4 months in California before moving back to Arizona for 8 months. During this time, I was completing internships with college football teams, I didn’t own a lot of stuff which made moving pretty easy. After 8 months in AZ, I was hired as a graduate assistant in a small FCS school in Illinois. I lived there 1 year before moving to Albuquerque, New Mexico. …

Not a great financial decision but my life is better for it.

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It depends.

The shortest and most annoying answer to any life-altering questions. But it’s the truth. People that are entrepreneurially minded like Gary Vee will tell you no you do not need college. He even has a video where he describes how someone can gain massive life experience from taking out a $40k loan and living in a different country. And that’s also the direction of this post.

The fact is people are right to think that college is not only a waste of time but a massive waste of money. Especially if you’re getting nonsense degrees like Art. No offense to my art majors out there but the return on investment is a horrible one, to say the least. Financially, college is the worst decision anyone can make. Year after year, high school seniors are pressured by society to go to college and pursue a higher education. …

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Low back pain has become a more common ailment in today’s Western society. Lifestyles have changed drastically in the past 30 years. The world has rapidly raced towards more and more digital means of doing just about anything. Even stationary bikes have attached screens loaded with virtual workouts with an instructor to bring you through it. More people have chosen personal cars as a means of commuting the work. Recess and gym class have been removed from schools. People are sitting more than ever; our bodies and health are starting to see the negative impacts of this way of living.

Stress is flooding our bodies in unhealthy doses and it affects how your body feels as much as it affects your emotions. …

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We all know social media, to a large degree, has uncovered the narcist in everyone. From posting what food you’re eating, showcasing the new car you got and the vacation you just went on. In some way, we all try to show the world how well we are living. I am no different.

When I get a new pair of shoes, I can’t wait to snap a picture and post it. I love sneakers. It is a way to express my excitement to everyone. I feel like that is where some posts come from. People are excited about the things they are doing, accomplished or purchased and want other people to see it. …

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As the new year approaches and people start creating their resolutions lists, fitness and the pursuit of it will always be at the top of the list for a lot of people. However, not everyone is ready to face the reality of living an active lifestyle.

The pursuit of becoming “fit” is a journey more than a destination.

That’s right, you might achieve becoming more “fit” one day, but in reality fitness looks different for everyone. If you ask random people on the street, some people will say Ronnie Coleman is what peak fitness looks like and others might say Matt Fraser. Athleticism carries the same debate. Some people claim that Ronaldo is the best athlete and others might argue DK Metcalf. …

The year of adversity

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This has been the year of adversity. Every week seems to bring a new obstacle. In March, our worlds were flipped upside side down. While we thought it would only last for a few weeks, slowly spring slipped away, and then plans for the summer were gone. Here we are 8 months later still deciding (more like arguing) if it’s safe to live a normal life. In addition to the time locked in our houses, we’ve watched police kill citizens and countries be massively affected by natural disasters. We watched the world rally and march for reform. We watched horrible things happen globally to innocent people. Forests and cities burned. We lost a few icons. …

Emphasis on “A” and not to confuse it with “The”

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This man is living the right way.

My immediate reaction to that is if you believe electing another old white guy and a very undeserving minority candidate are going to provide solutions for the various amount social issues in this country you may be more delusional than you may be able to even comprehend. The same people being celebrated are the same people that have upheld the system this movement in America is “trying” to dismantle. Quotes on the trying because this movement doesn’t compare to that of Martin Luther King or Nelson Mandela in any way, shape, or form. …

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A little over a year ago I went through a rough patch in my life. Sitting in an airport about a week and a half out of undergoing surgery to reattach my pec major on the way back to school and work in a place I absolutely despised that also made me feel very alone. I took a moment that ultimately changed to course of how I would about my recovery process and the following months of a rigorist school and work schedule. …

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Social media is really making the world look more volatile than it actually is. For some reason, the media loves to stir up fear and anger in people than inspire joy or happiness. No doubt 2020 has been the craziest year in my 24 years of life but it still IS NOT THAT BAD.

Today, I took a trip to Target to get notebooks for journaling and take notes on a nutrition book I am reading. In New Mexico, you have to wear masks to enter stores. Or so I thought. …

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The biggest piece of perspective I have gained from this book is all life is subjective, from world events to language, more specific words and how we use them to describe our not so individual lives.

Elaborating on the thought that all life is subjective, this is my interpretation of the information provided in the book, while the thought is mine, the thought may have been influenced by previous research into psychology. I have studied sport psychology in my graduate degree so there is a good possibility that the information and conversations in those classes combined with the amazing book that explains how we delude ourselves on what seems like a daily basis. Life is subjective because we all receive the same stimuli and our personality, history, and environment will influence how we interpret those stimuli. I’m going to use music as an example right now since I was listening to Dangerous World by DJ Mustard writing this paragraph. I think the song is fire but someone that lives in a tribe in the Amazon probably won’t think the same. Going forward, we could use the coronavirus for example. While the media seems to continuously blow the situation to its most drastic and dramatic level possible, there are still people who are refusing, or at least attempting to, to believe it is as bad as the media depicts it. Yes, people have been quarantined, yes states in the US have declared a state of emergency and even some professional athletes have contracted the disease. Has anyone even reported on the status of these athletes? Seems to me there’s a good possibility that’s they are doing quite ok, I mean why else hasn’t the media reported on Donovan Mitchell’s case which was confirmed about a week ago? If he was dying, I think we would know about it by now. As you can see, I am one of the people not losing my shit. Clearly, this virus is a problem but so are other viruses. We have seen outbreaks before like SARS, Ebola, West Nile, and Swine Flu. This one too will pass. Will it take time? Sure. How much time is dependent on time to mass-produce vaccines and how many people actually end up with the virus. …

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Nate Matos

Just a kid from New Jersey // Masters in Kinesiology emphasis in sports psych // Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist // USAW Level 1 Coach

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