Be The Honey Badger

You may or may not have seen that video circulate some time ago. You know the one. The one with the honey badger. The honey badger is eating bees and cobras, not caring that it’s being stung a thousand times, or passing out from the immense venom consumed from eating a deadly snake. And the commentary is what made it viral.

“The honey badger don’t care. Honey badger don’t give a shit.”

And with all the conversations I’ve had lately about people hating their jobs, or not being sure if they should take a job that will tilt the work/life balance far into ‘work’, or even talking to myself about my lack of much work… I have realized the honey badger has it right. Just do what you want. Don’t care. Don’t give a shit. If you don’t want to do it, don’t do it. If you want to do it, then just do it.

Does the honey badger think twice before thrusting itself into a bee nest when it’s craving honey? Nope. It just does it. It’s not acting (or refraining from acting) out of fear. It wants honey, it gets honey.

Does the honey badger think twice before wrestling with a deadly cobra because it’s hungry ? Nope. It just does it. Again, fear is not a factor for decision here. It’s hungry, it takes on the snake.

And I think too often, we all act, or don’t act, out of fear.

I just spoke to someone who hates their new job from promotion. I said if you can’t make it work for you, ask to be returned to your old position, which you loved. They said they couldn’t. It would look bad. But their decision isn’t being based on want, or even need. It’s being based solely on fear. On ‘what ifs’. On possible negative repercussions.

Would the honey badger worry about the repercussions? Or would the honey badger do what it wanted?

Exactly. The honey badger does what it wants.

You should, too.

You deserve to do what you want. We all do.


21 thoughts on “Be The Honey Badger

    You are so right, I don’t know how I missed this awesome piece of life advice after watching the shit out of that video. YOU ARE SO RIGHT. OMG.
    This is rather inspiring, you know? I may borrow your lesson and feed it to whoever around me wants to hear it. Great, great post Ewen!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. I’ve never been so inspired by a weasel-like rodentish thing. But I am, so thanks for that.
    Doing something because you’ll look bad if you don’t, or you’ll make more money, or whatever is lame. Forget about that crap and do what you’re passion about. The rest will come…or not. But it won’t matter if you love the life you’ve built.

    Good word, EJ!

    • Precisely! I do love your outlook and philosophies on life, Kaela. Maybe because ours are so similar. Coincidentally, I could not agree more with your comment. Thanks! 🙂

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  4. Oh wow! Haha. That was beautiful. Does the honey badger care? No. It just does what it wants. I would like to say that there should be a bit of responsibility when it comes to doing whatever you want…but I really enjoyed reading this! 🙂

    • Thanks so much! Responsibility is necessary, of course. This post is moreso, I suppose, a reminder for myself, as someone who innately veers towards responsibility at the sacrifice of ‘selfish’ happiness. And for those who are similar to myself in that regard.
      Thanks again! Your comments are much appreciated. 🙂

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