Out of this entire article (which speaks to a beef I also have with the listicle lovers who have no clue) this is the heart of it.

Look, my body wakes me up between 3:30 and 4 am. Every day. I bound out of bed with all the annoying good cheer of the Supreme Early Riser. That is what works for this body, at this age, at this moment. I get my best work done, am in the best mood, blah blah.

It’s the height of arrogance for me to tell anyone else for any reason that they should do the same. That they too will feel like Tony the Tiger before the milk wilts him.

The self-help gurus aren’t gurus, and therein lies the problem. They are self-proclaimed. That doesn’t make them wise, or informed, or by any possible measure, necessarily right for you or me or anyone else.

The journey to find what works for you at that age at that time in your life is as unique as a fingerprint. The so-called gurus prey on the monumental self doubt we all have about getting it right. “Getting it right” as nearly eight BILLION different looks, changing daily.

Wanna master life? Here’s some unsolicited advice from THIS guru (tongue firmly planted in cheek). Pay attention to the body. Sleep when you need it. Eat when hungry. Drink when thirsty. Work out regularly without doing something so extreme you do damage, or so little it’s meaningless. Love life. Laugh a lot. Cuddle children and animals. Be kind, especially to yourself (by ignoring self help gurus) Above all never take yourself too seriously.

There. I just anointed myself Supreme Self Help guru. By telling you what you already know, already intuit, and already trust.

That’ll be $2500, cash, check or charge. :-)

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Horizon Huntress, prize-winning author, adventure traveler, boundary-pusher, wilder, veteran, aging vibrantly. I own my sh*t. Let’s play!

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