💊 This might be the worst new years routine...

Happy new years folks and welcome back to Based and Cryptopilled, the newsletter that will leave you slightly more informed and mildly entertained. 

Given its the new year, we've all probably made some ambitious resolutions about what we'd like to accomplish and who we'd like to become over the course of 2023. 

Gyms are packed, yoga studios have record signups, and liquor stores suffer from the beginning of the year slump in sales. 

One of my favorite graphs of all time.

"Monthly retail sales of beer, wine, and liquor stores in the United States"

In honor of healthy habits and good routines I'd like to introduce you to Hunter S. Thompson, famous writer and father of gonzo journalism. 

You may have read his book, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, or seen its subsequent movie featuring Johnny Depp. 

Thompson was an incredibly gifted writer who covered a variety of uniquely American topics from biker gangs like the Hell's Angels to presidential elections. He had a knack for being able to turn boring events like a conversation between two politicians into a prose that made it sound like a psychedelic sumo-wrestling match. 

Despite his enormous contributions to literature, prose, and journalism one of the most humorous aspects of Thompson's life was his alleged writing routine. 

A 3pm wakeup followed by copious amounts of alcohol, cocaine, weed, LSD and of course cigarettes (just to take the edge off) seems like a speed-run to mental psychosis, but it worked for Hunter... i guess. 

As much as I would enjoy writing it, this is by no means an homage to drugs, drinking, and degeneracy, but rather a gentle reminder of the diversity of genius that exists. 

Whether you are a writer, founder, investor, artist, or just someone trying to do something incredible, remember, there is no perfect routine for inspiration and creativity. We all run into and overcome our own unique challenges in discovering our purpose. 

I would recommend everyone read some of Hunter's work, he does have a fantastic way of using words to flip your mind inside out. But in the mean time here's a taste of Mr. Thompson's writing: 

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”

Hunter S. Thompson

Take care and hope you've had a great start to the new year :)

See y'all next week, 

V and Nat

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