Our prior gym was open 24-7. I got insomnia, so I’d work out whenever I wanted to. Sometimes at ungodly hours.
One time, I witnessed a young man really struggling to deadlift 115 pounds. He dropped the bar twice.
At first, I thought “what an a-hole” but then put 2 and 2 together.
This poor kid was in the beginning stages of Muscular Dystrophy. Bless his heart.
Whereas 315 pounds is easy for me, I’m blessed. I never had (knock on wood) any degenerative disease. And for that, I count my blessings.
In the late 1980s, I was convinced that I’d make it as a musician. I had the work ethic. The dexterity. All I needed was to put in the work and find the right band.
I took a lesson from the best young Metal guitarist on the planet – Jason Becker. He was on top of the world at the time, completing his second album with Cacophony and about to join David Lee Roth’s band.
Well, during his time with David Lee Roth, he developed ALS.
Whereas I’d starve as a musician and eventually have to pull in the plug and join the corporate world, Jason Becker lost control of every part of his physical body except his eyes.
Kind of puts things in perspective.
I threw in the towel, but at least I can still play. In fact, I’m still an elite guitarist to this day.
Becker on the other hand had to finish recording that David Lee Roth album with light gauge strings and by the time they went on tour, he was already too crippled to play. Joe Holmes replaced Becker and Becker was given only a few years to live.
Miraculously, he’s still alive today, composing music with his eyeballs.
His father setup a speech program for him where he can communicate with his eyes. The program eventually got so advanced that he’s now able to compose music with his eyes.
People nowadays complain too much
You know what it comes down to?
The lack of gratitude. I can usually tell when someone’s an ungrateful piece of shit. They’ll take huge things for granted while complaining about trivial matters.
I like to put things in perspective.
We’re in America. I got a roof over my head. A beautiful wife. A successful son. Food in the fridge, the freezer, and full cupboards.
Five good looking models, of whom two are such close friends of ours that we vacation with them.
I got the same close friends from the late 80s and some from the 90s.
I got a car with 122k miles on it. Still runs well.
I got three electric guitars, one genuine Flamenco guitar, a piano, and tons of painting supplies. I got over a dozen framed paintings ready to sell.
And looking up from this computer, I got a bunch of nude women that I photographed up on my wall. I’m also a hobbyist photographer (not a good one, but I still enjoyed it).
What are you grateful for?