Wednesday, 10 August 2016

7 Life Lessons from 'American Ham' by Nick Offerman.

Nick Offerman (more commonly known as Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation) has an hour long show on Netflix at the moment called 'American Ham'. I went into it thinking it was going to be a stand up show but in reality it's a funny motivational talk that you simply have to go and watch.

Nick Offerman and Ron Swanson are pretty much the same person - They both have strong moral values, are wise as hell and lovelovelove all meat. I came away from watching his show feeling really inspired and here are the 7 rules/lessons that I really connected with and plan on living by from now on.

- Nurture your relationships.
'If you want a healthy marriage it's like raising a shrub, You have to water it and fertilize it, caress it and talk to it'

Okay that quote actually goes on and it's filthy so it wasn't exactly something I wanted my Nannie to read BUT it's a pretty good quote and the first part can be applied to all relationships - Be it with a lover, family or friends. You have to make an effort with people, you have to give them time and you have to show them compassion and listen to what they have to say. And they should give you the same courtesy. I know that I'm guilty of not putting enough effort and it's something I'm working on.

- Just be nice.
'I don't care if you're a librarian, I don't care if you're a litter bug, I don't care if you're a fan of celery, I don't care if you're that fucking guy, I don't care how low you are - We are all brothers and sisters on this planet.'

Being nice seems to be something that people have forgotten how to do. We are all so self obsessed and absorbed in our own lives and our phones that we forget that we all have feelings and that we should all care for one another. Nick tells the crowd to help people when they can - See someone struggling with their shopping? Give them a hand. They'll feel good, you'll feel good, and there will be a little glimmer of hope and positivity in this bleak and miserable world, even if it's only for a brief second.

- What people do in their own time is none of your f*cking business.
'The point is, no matter what you get up to in your bedroom, you can do what you want. As long as you don't hurt anybody or anybody's property.'

I'm big on equality for all, as we all should be. It doesn't matter what gender, sexuality, race or religion you are, you deserve to be treated as equally as the person next to you. What you get up to is fuck all to do with anybody else - You have one life and you should live it as you see fit. As Nick says, if you're a melon f*cker so be it. You do you.

- Look up from your phone and live in the present.
*Talking about technology* 'It feeds on this part of human nature that always thinks things could be better for us somewhere else'

Nick says that thanks to social media we are always wishing we are somewhere else and this is the truth. I see photos of scantily clad chicks and dudes frollicking on Thai beaches and my insides scream with jealousy. I see that someone's booked their dream trip to New York and I think why the hell is that not me? Instead of focusing on where you could be, focus on where you are. Life is what you make it.

- Infact, just get off your phone altogether.
'Instead of playing Draw Something and fucking draw something!'

Hands up if you spend too much time refreshing Twitter or scrollign through Instagram? I know my hand is well and truly up in the air, touching the sky. I used to draw and scrapbook, I used to read and write (like actualy writing on paper) and now I don't do any of it. I sit on my phone and whinge about not being on holiday or not being able to afford that dress. Maybe it's time I got off my arse and took up one of my old hobbies again.

- Stop comparing yourself to people in magazines and on TV and eat some fucking bacon.
'The mirror should be a maintenance tool, the mirror should be for checking to see if you have shit on your face. It is not, it as become so much more'

For the longest time I hated my big ears, my crooked nose and my moon chin but now I kinda love who I am. Sure I have the odd day where I think omg is that really what I look like but don't we all? We spend so much time in front of the fucking mirror thanks to being told by magazines and tv that what we look like is not okay and that our lumps and bumps are hideous, that we forget the mirror is just there to make sure you've got all the toothpaste off your face. It's not a tool to help you to hate yourself.

And finally...

- Love Yourself
'Are you a human? Then you're beautiful'

All of the quotes are about loving yourself, loving your neighbour and having the best life possible. Make the most of your time on Earth and aswell as being kind to others, be kind to yourself. Despite your imperfections you are you, and there is nooone else quite like you. You're a motherf*cking snowflake and you are perfect just the way you are (just like Bridget Jones).

So yeah, be good to yourself, to others, to animals and remember Nick Offerman's wise words. Peace Out.

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