You’re to Blame

by | Dec 24, 2018

There are people in this life that are walled in.

They’re stuck in the parking lot, but they don’t even realize it.

Over the wall, this wall that surrounds the parking lot, they can see mountaintops covered in tall trees. They see trails winding through the forest.

They feel the rain.

All around them, in the parking lot, others meander about. Others that are just like them.

They don’t know adventure, they call monotony ‘adversity,’ and they cling to the comfort of being just like all the others.

And it’s all their fault.

Debt. Disease. Unhappiness. Failure. 

It’s all your fault.

The wall, the one that surrounds the parking lot, is built of these shameful circumstances. Debt, disease, unhappiness, and failure, among all the other circumstances that afflict a person’s life.

People, maybe you, can’t see through them. You can’t find the way out. Maybe you don’t want to find the way out.

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Your trapped feelings, your discontentment with status and life, your boring job and struggling relationships, your lack of fulfillment and drive, your weight and health issues; it’s all your fault.

Your employer doesn’t pay you unfairly. Your childhood didn’t make you fat. Insert any issue you face.

Blame yourself blindly.

It’s all my fault.”

Blaming yourself blindly is the extreme ownership of your past, your current situation, and most importantly, your future. It is the acceptance of yourself; it is a complete overhaul of self-worth.

🔥Everything you are is your fault🔥

Say it out loud: “Everything I am is my fault.”

You can’t celebrate success on your own accord and brush of failure as “just a part of life” or the result of another’s action.

You can’t blame others for your mounting struggles.

It’s all your fault.

For some, this is a revolution of thought. No, your professor isn’t a bad teacher. No, that cop isn’t a jerk. No, your boyfriend isn’t ruining your relationship.

Blame yourself blindly.

When you do this, when you unconditionally and wholly accept who you are and what you are as products of your own actions, decisions, and habits, you’re no longer a victim.

A victim to others, to circumstance, to life; you’re not a victim.

This inheritance of blame, from your drug addiction to your obesity to your poor school performance to your financial woes, lifts the veil.

It dismantles your wall.

Suddenly, with all blame secured to your shoulders, your future is your own. You past is your own. What you’re doing right now is your own.

Stop being a victim. Dismantle your wall.

With a conviction this radical, you must leave the parking lot and venture into the mountains.

What does this mean for you?

It means embracing adventure and challenge; it means finding a Wicked Trail because when you’re to blame for all the bad and ugly alongside the great and wonderful, you have to live your life in a way that reflects a desire to steer clear of regret.

Taking massive ownership of yourself, of the person in the mirror, gives a person the conviction to live a life completely separate from culture, from those stuck in the parking lot.

You no longer compare yourself to those, and blame those, who’re climbing the mountains around the parking lot, winding up rugged trails and seeking out adversity, adversity from which you’ve been conditioned to hide from.

You now want to run with them, to call them friends and peers; you want to learn from them!

This 🔥overhaul of self-worth🔥 is not one that brands yourself with negativity or regret. It’s the complete opposite.

It isn’t a dive into contemplation of failure or the shame of living walled in.

It’s an acceptance of state and an acceptance of the control you hold over your future state. Control that you’ve lived without, relinquished to the monotony of wanting to fit in and live aligned with others, and with comfort.

Blame yourself blindly. 👊Be Your Own Culture👊

You’re not contemplating how different they are, how they’ve been dealt a better hand, or how your life would be better if you were in a position like their’s, up there in the mountains.

As your wall crumbles, you look around the parking lot and understand you’re here due to your own decisions and actions. You’re not actually trapped, it only appears this way. All the others, those meandering about in a cowardly stupor, have not taken ownership for their status, their state.

Control of their state is relinquished to fitting in with others, to comfort.

They dwell on hardship, cast blame to the outside world rather than their inner selves, and continue a monotonous cycle of negativity.

“It’s a shame, I guess,” you begin as you take your first step into the forest. “They’re trapped on their own accord.”

You laugh out loud, humored by the congested mass of lifeless individuals you left behind.

Pull down your “Be Your Own Culture” hat and start up the mountain.

Quality BOCO trucker that looks as good as it feels on. Comfy, breathes well, and is worth the money. Love the mantra and colors! Will be sporting it this weekend at my trail 50K! Lis, Virginia. 2018 Grindstone 100 Finisher

Great design and fit which falls right in line with the shirts you all make! Will definitely purchase future products. Keep up the good work and the motivation! Wesley, Virginia

First of all it is a bocogear hat so it is a very comfortable hat that sits just right on my head. It wicks sweat away from my face while I am running and keeps the rain and sun out of my eyes. This hat looks amazing on the trail or on the job. I think this could have been my best purchase of 2018. Keep up the great work guys. John, North Carolina

It is a soft fit:) whether wearing front or backwards, it fits very well. We have already used it with a Petzyl Headlamp and it didn’t ride up. We will give it a spin at the lake with a 14 mi run with a tempo built into it. Most importantly, we believe in the message, Olivia and I are our own culture. Carlos the runner and Olivia the Kelpie🐶, Kansas

Trucker hats can look huge on me, but this one is perfect! It fits great, doesn’t ride up or feel too tight, and is so soft! I haven’t had a chance to wear it on a run yet (grad school life am I right?), but look forward to getting it dirty over Christmas break. Absolutely love the message!! Anna, Ohio

Written by: George C.

Written by: George C.

Writer, Wicked Trail Running

When he's not running with his Cattle Dog, Cowboy, in Raleigh, North Carolina, George likes to kick back and keep the content on Wicked Trail Running fresh and engaging. He's got a few Ultras coming up in 2019, so if you need to get in touch with him, the local parks and greenways around Raleigh are a good place to start looking.

He really doesn't like cooking, so if you've got any quick vegan smoothie ideas or recipes, shoot an email to george@wickedtrailrunning.com. He also enjoys talking about running, mental toughness, and the art of mindset alteration.

Follow George on Instagram @georgecarterc!

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Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds is a dive into the demons that plagued David Goggins -elite ultra endurance athlete and Navy SEAL- through his early life and an exploration of what it took for him to become a master of his own mind against all statistical odds. His tools for mental stimulation and growth are useful for anyone interested in venturing into endurance sports, becoming a better person, and mastering his or her mind. A must read!

Light 2 Light 50 Race Report: First Ultra Marathon Victory

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You’re to Blame

by | Dec 24, 2018

There are people in this life that are walled in.

They’re stuck in the parking lot, but they don’t even realize it.

Over the wall, this wall that surrounds the parking lot, they can see mountaintops covered in tall trees. They see trails winding through the forest.

They feel the rain.

All around them, in the parking lot, others meander about. Others that are just like them.

 

We’re going to give you the tools to Go Farther, Run Faster, and Live Stronger.

All in ONE weekly email!
Sign up NOW to receive weekly posts!

 

They don’t know adventure, they call monotony ‘adversity,’ and they cling to the comfort of being just like all the others.

And it’s all their fault.

Debt. Disease. Unhappiness. Failure. 

It’s all your fault.

The wall, the one that surrounds the parking lot, is built of these shameful circumstances. Debt, disease, unhappiness, and failure, among all the other circumstances that afflict a person’s life.

People, maybe you, can’t see through them. You can’t find the way out. Maybe you don’t want to find the way out.

Your trapped feelings, your discontentment with status and life, your boring job and struggling relationships, your lack of fulfillment and drive, your weight and health issues; it’s all your fault.

Your employer doesn’t pay you unfairly. Your childhood didn’t make you fat. Insert any issue you face.

Blame yourself blindly.

It’s all my fault.”

Blaming yourself blindly is the extreme ownership of your past, your current situation, and most importantly, your future. It is the acceptance of yourself; it is a complete overhaul of self-worth.

🔥Everything you are is your fault🔥

Say it out loud: “Everything I am is my fault.”

You can’t celebrate success on your own accord and brush of failure as “just a part of life” or the result of another’s action.

You can’t blame others for your mounting struggles.

It’s all your fault.

For some, this is a revolution of thought. No, your professor isn’t a bad teacher. No, that cop isn’t a jerk. No, your boyfriend isn’t ruining your relationship.

Blame yourself blindly.

When you do this, when you unconditionally and wholly accept who you are and what you are as products of your own actions, decisions, and habits, you’re no longer a victim.

A victim to others, to circumstance, to life; you’re not a victim.

This inheritance of blame, from your drug addiction to your obesity to your poor school performance to your financial woes, lifts the veil.

It dismantles your wall.

Suddenly, with all blame secured to your shoulders, your future is your own. You past is your own. What you’re doing right now is your own.

Stop being a victim. Dismantle your wall.

With a conviction this radical, you must leave the parking lot and venture into the mountains.

What does this mean for you?

It means embracing adventure and challenge; it means finding a Wicked Trail because when you’re to blame for all the bad and ugly alongside the great and wonderful, you have to live your life in a way that reflects a desire to steer clear of regret.

Taking massive ownership of yourself, of the person in the mirror, gives a person the conviction to live a life completely separate from culture, from those stuck in the parking lot.

You no longer compare yourself to those, and blame those, who’re climbing the mountains around the parking lot, winding up rugged trails and seeking out adversity, adversity from which you’ve been conditioned to hide from.

You now want to run with them, to call them friends and peers; you want to learn from them!

This 🔥overhaul of self-worth🔥 is not one that brands yourself with negativity or regret. It’s the complete opposite.

It isn’t a dive into contemplation of failure or the shame of living walled in.

It’s an acceptance of state and an acceptance of the control you hold over your future state. Control that you’ve lived without, relinquished to the monotony of wanting to fit in and live aligned with others, and with comfort.

Blame yourself blindly. 👊Be Your Own Culture👊

You’re not contemplating how different they are, how they’ve been dealt a better hand, or how your life would be better if you were in a position like their’s, up there in the mountains.

As your wall crumbles, you look around the parking lot and understand you’re here due to your own decisions and actions. You’re not actually trapped, it only appears this way. All the others, those meandering about in a cowardly stupor, have not taken ownership for their status, their state.

Control of their state is relinquished to fitting in with others, to comfort.

They dwell on hardship, cast blame to the outside world rather than their inner selves, and continue a monotonous cycle of negativity.

“It’s a shame, I guess,” you begin as you take your first step into the forest. “They’re trapped on their own accord.”

You laugh out loud, humored by the congested mass of lifeless individuals you left behind.

Pull down your “Be Your Own Culture” hat and start up the mountain.

Quality BOCO trucker that looks as good as it feels on. Comfy, breathes well, and is worth the money. Love the mantra and colors! Will be sporting it this weekend at my trail 50K! Lis, Virginia. 2018 Grindstone 100 Finisher

Great design and fit which falls right in line with the shirts you all make! Will definitely purchase future products. Keep up the good work and the motivation! Wesley, Virginia

First of all it is a bocogear hat so it is a very comfortable hat that sits just right on my head. It wicks sweat away from my face while I am running and keeps the rain and sun out of my eyes. This hat looks amazing on the trail or on the job. I think this could have been my best purchase of 2018. Keep up the great work guys. John, North Carolina

It is a soft fit:) whether wearing front or backwards, it fits very well. We have already used it with a Petzyl Headlamp and it didn’t ride up. We will give it a spin at the lake with a 14 mi run with a tempo built into it. Most importantly, we believe in the message, Olivia and I are our own culture. Carlos the runner and Olivia the Kelpie🐶, Kansas

Trucker hats can look huge on me, but this one is perfect! It fits great, doesn’t ride up or feel too tight, and is so soft! I haven’t had a chance to wear it on a run yet (grad school life am I right?), but look forward to getting it dirty over Christmas break. Absolutely love the message!! Anna, Ohio

Written by: George C.

Written by: George C.

Writer, Wicked Trail Running

When he's not running with his Cattle Dog, Cowboy, in Raleigh, North Carolina, George likes to kick back and keep the content on Wicked Trail Running fresh and engaging. He's got a few Ultras coming up in 2019, so if you need to get in touch with him, the local parks and greenways around Raleigh are a good place to start looking.

He really doesn't like cooking, so if you've got any quick vegan smoothie ideas or recipes, shoot an email to george@wickedtrailrunning.com. He also enjoys talking about running, mental toughness, and the art of mindset alteration.

Follow George on Instagram @georgecarterc!

Book of the Month:

Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds is a dive into the demons that plagued David Goggins -elite ultra endurance athlete and Navy SEAL- through his early life and an exploration of what it took for him to become a master of his own mind against all statistical odds. His tools for mental stimulation and growth are useful for anyone interested in venturing into endurance sports, becoming a better person, and mastering his or her mind. A must read!

Light 2 Light 50 Race Report: First Ultra Marathon Victory

Ultra marathon running isn't about winning, unless it is. Ultra marathon running is subjective; a person's journey through the darkness, down the Wicked Trail, is driven by his or her own passions, fears, and desires. This journey into pain is driven by his or her own...

Ultra Marathon Training: Crush Expectations

Most people running their first, or second, or third ultra marathon carry expectations into the race. They had training expectations; they planned the miles and hours they'd have to train, running and strengthening and stretching their way to ultra endurance. When...

Fasted Running Is Your Best Friend: 3 Reasons To Try It

For thirteen miles, I felt invincible. For the final three, I wasn't sure I'd finish. I felt like I did near the end of my first 100 mile race, although with much less lower body-body pain. It was an ultra marathon replication. I smiled during those long, arduous...

The Best Ultra Marathons: Is Yours On The List?

"What's the best ultra marathon?" Is it the most remote or adventurous like Marathon des Sables, the most challenging like Badwater or the H.U.R.T 100, or is it simply your first 100 miler, the one that breaks you into the world of ultra-endurance? Is it the race that...

Ultra Marathon DNF: Yes, You Failed. Yes, It’s Okay.

I was perusing some online ultramarathon running groups last weekend and came across a post about DNFs in ultrarunning. DNF stands for "Did Not Finish;" the participants name is not published and no belt buckle is awarded. The DNF is dreaded by many as hot-spots and...

UltraMarathon Pain Management: The Pain Cave

What is your perspective on ultramarathon running? Adventurous and exhilarating? Calming and therapeutic? Full of pain and suffering? Pain management has much to do with your perspective on running an ultramarathon. What is your perspective? Why do you run an...

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