Hunter S Thompson was an American writer who was famed for his excessive and hard living lifestyle.
The man lived a life that was the definition of excess; for him excess was a lifestyle choice that he summed up perfectly in his most famous quote.
“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!”
A quick look at his daily routine demonstrates his passion for excess.
The Daily Routine of Hunter S Thompson:
3:00 p.m. rise
3:05 Chivas Regal with the morning papers, Dunhills
3:50 another glass of Chivas, Dunhill
4:05 first cup of coffee, Dunhill
4:16 orange juice, Dunhill
5:11 coffee, Dunhills
5:30 more ice in the Chivas
5:45 cocaine, etc., etc.
6:00 grass to take the edge off the day
7:05 Woody Creek Tavern for lunch-Heineken, two margaritas, coleslaw, a taco salad, a double order of fried onion rings, carrot cake, ice cream, a bean fritter, Dunhills, another Heineken, cocaine, and for the ride home, a snow cone (a glass of shredded ice over which is poured three or four jiggers of Chivas)
9:00 starts snorting cocaine seriously
10:00 drops acid
11:00 Chartreuse, cocaine, grass
11:30 cocaine, etc, etc.
12:00 midnight, Hunter S. Thompson is ready to write
12:05-6:00 a.m. Chartreuse, cocaine, grass, Chivas, coffee, Heineken, clove cigarettes, grapefruit, Dunhills, orange juice, gin, continuous pornographic movies.
6:00 the hot tub-champagne, Dove Bars, fettuccine Alfredo
While such a routine is most certainly not for everybody; it was a routine that helped him write and be creative. It was this routine that helped him write one of my favourite quotes; a statement that I believe provides more clarity and guidance than any of the thousands of novels written by the hundreds of sober self help gurus.
“We are all alone, born alone, die alone, and — in spite of True Romance magazines — we shall all someday look back on our lives and see that, in spite of our company, we were alone the whole way. I do not say lonely — at least, not all the time — but essentially, and finally, alone. This is what makes your self-respect so important, and I don’t see how you can respect yourself if you must look in the hearts and minds of others for your happiness.”
Too often, the messenger is viewed as being more important than the message itself. Hunter S Thompson may have been a drunk and an addict but he was also somebody that had a a beautiful way with words and who provided wonderful lessons and thoughts on how to lead a fulfilled and positive life.
In a world dominated by a conformity of thought and lifestyle; it is refreshing and important to remember that life can be led positively in many different ways and that many different types of people all have the ability to provide wisdom and have something important to say.