There’s a horrifically catchy song that I sort of love and sort of hate by The New Radicals that says, “you get what you give”. It’s based on, what I’m assuming is, a scientific principle that says that the end result or product is directly related, and in many ways equal, to whatever you put into it. This holds true for situations related to energy, to power, to electricity and most importantly, to you. YOU are a direct result of what you put into yourself. Direct. Whatever garbage you put into your body will affect what comes out of your body and I’m not talking about visits to the washroom. I’m talking about everything that comes out of your body. I’m also not just talking about food. I’m talking about everything. Like your social media consumption.

I have a tendency to go down the rabbit hole online. A link to the top 10 movie stars gone too soon leads to the top 15 movie stars who’ve killed someone leads to 8 things you didn’t know about Kanye West and suddenly it’s 11:48pm and I’m trying to figure out where my night went. Sound familiar? The Internet is like a buffet that has a couple of healthy options but is mostly full of literal garbage that we shovel into our brains. And then we wonder why we’re unable to produce meaningful content. Garbage in, garbage out, remember?

And yet, for some reason, we continue to treat our body like it’s disposable. We treat our body like a dollar store purchase. We use it as though we can just get another one whenever we feel like it. It’s a pair of disposable sunglasses. It’s a gas station hamburger. We spend hours watching Buffy The Vampire Slayer rather than studying. We eat things that come from a package and are made using things we can’t pronounce and then we spend a dozen posts on Twitter talking shit about kale.

So I’ve decided to work on how I fuel myself. From what I put in my mouth to what I put in my mind, the focus is on things that move me forward. Gone are the internet rabbit holes, replaced with personal development and training. No more late night streaming of movies and shows I don’t even like. Instead, reading and writing. Instead of making food choices that correspond with a number on a menu, I’m going to start planning and preparing proper food choices. What’s the end game?

Well, that’s another part of the problem. We think about everything as it relates to finishing. I’m going to finish this book. Then what? I’m going to run a marathon. And then? We need to stop looking at everything we do as part of a destination. This may sound super cheesy but we need to start learning to appreciate the journey. I used to run because I wanted to lose 25 lbs. Well, I lost 25 lbs and I’m still running. I don’t run for a purpose anymore. There’s no end game. I’m not running so that I can _____. I’m running. I’m not learning so that I can get a new job or increase my salary or so that I can _____. I’m learning.

So the next time you want to eat a whopper meal and read about the top 10 hollwood hotties married to normal ugly people, just stop and think about what you’re doing to yourself.

Garbage in, garbage out.