Today I reviewed the Zombieland rules to see which struck a chord. Write in the moment. Write about what you are passionate about at the time. Rule #7 is the one for today.
Traveling light is a basic concept for those who travel regularly. I can’t tell you how often I have complained about how heavy my bag is. I always bring sooo much crap. Why do I do that? To be fair, I have found myself without necessities because I tried to travel light.
Zombies are after you… The last thing you need is for your bag to be too heavy. “Yeah… I’m a zombie because I couldn’t part with my hot water bottle and 67 national geographic.” Be smart. Follow rule #7 – travel light.
How does this relate to life? If it isn’t painfully obvious. Eliminate baggage.
What are you holding on to that you should really let go? Maybe a grudge. Maybe an opinion formed because of past experiences. Your baggage can be anything from your past that is currently holding you back or slowing you down.
That baggage is not YOU. It does not define you. All it is is some obstacle you refuse to let go of because of emotional reasons. Sometimes this is because you can’t forgive. You are unable to forgive someone who has wronged you. (This concept of forgiveness is for another post… But is incredible relevant here).
What might be some basic examples?
Maybe you had a bad experience as a child at a pool. Like a near drowning event. And you have never learned to swim because of it. That’s baggage. That baggage is based in fear. Understandably this would be difficult baggage to shed. But think of all the wonderful things you are missing out on… Days enjoying the pool, the lake, the beach, etc. This baggage is holding you back.
How do you identify the baggage that is most destructive in your life? How do you shed your baggage? What are examples of baggage you had and shed?
In Zombieland, if you don’t shed your baggage you are dessert.
Another aspect to traveling light is packing only those things you need.
What are those things in life that you need to hold tightly too? Loyalty? Honesty? Integrity? Maybe they are skills. Skills that need to be kept sharp.
What are those things in your life that you absolutely must keep close?
Let me know in the comments how baggage has affected you negatively and how you shed them.
I figured that I would write this one first, because honestly everyone probably thought I would write rule #1 first. No. Let’s mix it up a bit. And besides sex sells right?
First, I would like to say that this one really makes me laugh. The scene at the beginning of the movie with the stripper chasing some businessman out of the club. Boobs swingin and jiggling around as, of course, she is a zombie. Hilarious! Metallica playing in the background. Just hysterical.
From what I understand this is not a rule stated in the movie. It is, however, implied during the opening scene. And to make it official, it has been displayed on many promotional items for the movie. Good Stuff. (The bikini was added as not to offend anyone)
Let’s start with the reasoning behind this rule. The zombie mentality might be that a strip club is basically a butcher shop. Meat on display. And I would think that the meat market would be filled with a bunch of men with an immense appetite for flesh, zombie or not. “I’ll take that thigh, that shoulder, and 2 breasts” and since I’m a zombie, the brains too. Maybe “patient zero” at that contaminated burger at a strip called “Gas n Gulp”! While this marketing piece includes a zombie stripper, I believe it is because most of the men at the club were or became zombies and turned the strippers. But I am pretty sure that touching as well as eating the strippers is against the rules (the strip club rules… new blog series?).
In life, strip clubs have a reputation of sex, drugs, decadence, vulnerability, lust, exploitation, and… overpriced drinks (so I’ve heard). This is a reputation. I am not declaring them to be true or false. I am stating this is the persona of a strip club. Feel free to add your own adjectives as well.
This persona may be false or it may be true. It is important to avoid situations in life where you may be caught up in a misconceived notion about you, your life, your family, or your business. Don’t hang around with the wrong crowd or the crowd that appears to be the wrong crowd. Don’t subject yourself to the opportunity to be labeled incorrectly. Don’t open yourself up to ridicule.
Rule #21 – Avoiding Strip Clubs, is merely another way to help yourself live transparently and honestly.
Keep a straight line my friends. Keep an eye on the prize. Otherwise you could be zombie meat or meat for the masses.
If you want to read more of the My life and Zombieland series you can unlock it below. Seriously, Zombieland changed my life. 🙂
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A number of years ago I became obsessed with this movie. I mean I would watch it 2 and 3 times a night and fall asleep on the coach. Yes, I was a little crazy. At that time in my life a screw got loose. I needed some sort of structure, some sort of comfort, some sort of manifesto declaring that life can be navigated. Consider this life IS Zombieland (oh yeah, drama in writing!). In fact the name of this website and everything I do now is directly linked to this movie (Geez, I just heard that, I am crazy). I had 2 cars in the past year “named” after characters. I had a 1986 Bronco II named Wichita and a 1985 Mercury Grand Marquis named Tallahassee. Those cars where awesome. (Tallahasse was later re-named Carmageddon).
So, Why Zombieland? Here are a few reasons:
I have blatantly stole this list from http://www.zombielandrules.com/. I could go through the movie and extras etc and come up with the rules myself but, why bother. They did a great job, go check out the site.
I will be using this list in weeks to come to show how each of these has changed my life and could help re-shape yours. Here is the list.
The un-official list of rules.
Oh, how vague and delightful. ZOMBIELAND IS THE BEST MOVIE EVER!
I will be posting at random intervals and in random order. Keep your eyes peeled and remember check the back seat (rule # 31).
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