As of yesterday, in Colorado (where I live), it is now legal to buy marijuana. People are rushing to purchase their bags of weed and smoke it up. They are celebrating the legality of getting high.
I actually get high quite frequently, contrary to what those of you who know me personally might think. However, I've never smoked anything in my life. I've never been drunk, stoned, blazed, intoxicated, ripped, wasted, baked, bombed...you get the idea.
But, I have been high. Honest to God. Here are some of the ways that I have done it:
"But, Ethan, if you've never really been high, like on weed, then how do you know you've been high 'on life' as you say?"
Good question, you advocate of the devil! I know I've been high because my consciousness has been literally been altered in these states of mental and physical engagement. I've felt on Cloud 9, out of my body, like I'm dreaming, alive in another world, with my emotions and senses amplified, like everything is totally awesome and I forget about it all except what happening right then and there.
Who hasn't laughed so hard they cry with a group of friends or at something ridiculously funny? You know that feeling that builds up inside your chest. You get light-headed and tipsy. You feel high. That's because you are. You are high on laughter.
Music is another great method. I love to sit and absorb ambient sounds and be transported to distant galaxy. Or, I can get swept up in the twangs of the sitar in a song like the Beatles, "Tomorrow Never Knows"..."turn off your mind, relax, and float downstreammmm........."
Ever heard of the phenomenon, "runner's high"? Well, it's not called that by mistake! It is quite real and as just about any other serious runner can attest, it is quite pleasurable. I'll have been running hard for a good thirty minutes and then BOOM it hits, sparks fly. I can take off sprinting with the thunder of a herd of elephants while feeling like Superman soaring through the stratosphere. Chills flutter up and down my spine and my body appears to disappear. The pounding of my feet sync up with the beat of my heart and then my imagination produces images of the impossible becoming possible right before my very eyes...
And you thought I'd never gotten high. Ha!
Anyway, I recommend these forms of getting high, because there are no negative side-effects. Moreover, they actually are proven (with a million times more evidence and certainty than Mary Jane) to boost your health.
Happy Getting High on LIFE!
I love making New Years resolutions. At least, not until more recent years. I used to scoff at the idea. I saw how other people would set goals to lose 10 pounds by April, or say thank you more often (that was one of my own!) and then inevitably fail within a matter of weeks. I thought, "what's so special about the new year anyway?" Well, I have an answer to that question now.
Everything in life is cyclical, and the new year is the start of a new cycle. We will go through ups and downs, physical changes, and changes in how we view ourselves and the world. It will happen. And at the start of the new year, we can use this time frame as a way to make plans to make our lives better. That's special.
Even though I accept and love myself as I am, I am always striving to be better. I think we all should, and we all do! Here are some of my own ideas for new years resolutions:
Make your list too. Even if you fail, it doesn't matter. What matters is that you try. Because that means you care about your life and your health. And by caring about your own life and health, you are caring about the lives of others. Give to yourself and you give to others...it's true!
Friendly Warrior is a Personal Development Blog abundant with wisdom and honesty — Ethan Small has been posting to Friendly Warrior since 2013 with the intent of inspiring others to improve their quality of life.
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