This is what you should be watching to stop giving a fuck
Before going into details about the Netflix show, I’d like to explain a bit what is this stop giving a fuck idea for those who are not familiar with it. I should also apologize for all the fucks you will find in this article but it’s for the greater good 😉
Something caught my attention these past few weeks. More precisely, a book called The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson. It popped into my screen on several occasions. So I got curious and googled it to see what was all the fuss about.
The first time I heard about this stop giving a fuck theory was through a video on youtube by Jon Lajoie. It was back in 2009 and it was a funny music video mocking our modern way of living. At that time I didn’t grasp on the potential this simple idea had. But someone else did, Mark Manson made it a book. I haven’t read the book yet, I wanted to dig a little bit more on this subject. Here’s what I learned, not giving a fuck doesn’t mean to not care about life but rather care only about what deserves it. As Mark Manson puts it: “Most of us struggle throughout our lives by giving too many fucks in situations where fucks do not deserve to be given” (Read the whole article). We all have that tendency to car too much about little things that doesn’t deserve our energy. But we can fight it to live a more meaningful life. The path to stop giving a fuck will be long but it’s doable and the Netflix show called GLOW is the perfect example of it.
G.L.O.W (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling)
So what’s the link between this not giving a fuck idea and a show about feminine wrestling? Not much at first. But when you look at it more closely, GLOW is pretty much the embodiment of that theory.
For you to understand, I need to give you a little bit more insights on the show.
Basically, it’s about a bunch of misfits women auditioning for a professional wrestling promotion called The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. It takes place in Los Angeles in 1985 and the promotion is about to be the first wrestling show with women in it.
Now that the background is set, let’s see how it embodies this not give a fuck theory.
1.The women in Glow are comfortable with being different.
We all are different, that’s a fact. Somehow we lost that along the way. For many years now, we have assisted to some kind of uniformization of life. We’ve been taught that life is supposed to be lived in a certain way in order to be happy and successful. It may be true to some of us but how can it be true for everyone ? In what world does that make sense ? So if you feel like becoming a professional scrapbooker you should go for it and don’t give a fuck about what people are going to say. The Glow team didn’t give a fuck about what people would think of professional women wrestlers. Especially in the 80’s where the women conditions was still pretty much fucked, they just went with it.
2.They have a purpose they give a fuck about…
It’s when you have no purpose that you start to give fucks to every little annoyance life is filled with. People with a bigger purpose won’t give a fuck about how they should have ordered the chicken instead of the beef. They simply don’t have enough energy to waste on that. They won’t give a fuck about the huge line at the supermarket or the old lady taking hours to find her wallet. Same goes for the women in Glow. Their wrestling show gives them a bigger purpose, preventing them to give too much fucks to all the “little” disturbance they experience in their life.
3. …And They are not afraid of it.
Finding your life purpose is not an easy thing. But actually being okay with it and assuming it in front of everyone you care, can prove to be harder. A lot of people don’t even give a try to their life’s purpose because they are afraid. Afraid of failure, afraid of what people will think, afraid of being too different. Fear is a powerful tool that prevent a lot of people from doing a lot of things. Sometimes fear is a good thing. However most of the time, fear prevents you from enjoying your life and instead, living a unexciting and pointless life.
A life Lesson
The Glow show is a real gem. It’s right on every level and watching it gives you wings. It’s full of hope but not in a cheesy way. It demonstrates that everything is achievable if you go for it 100%. These women don’t care about adversity in the face of their goals making them real warriors literally and not. There is nothing to not love about it. Every character is vivid and endearing and the fact that it takes place in the 80’s is the icing on the cake. It’s a pure moment of joy and a life lesson you take eagerly.
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