the tale of two wolves
An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”
He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
who we are
WOLF PACK INFLUENCE WAS BORN OUT A PASSION FOR FITNESS AND IMPROVING MENTAL HEALTH THROUGH FITNESS. WE ARE A GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO FIND PEACE AND SOLACE IN THE GYM. WE FIND STRENGTH IN THE RELEASE THAT LIFTING A HEAVY BARBELL OR CONQUERING A TOUGH MET-CON BRINGS. WE ARE GYM RATS, WE ARE CROSSFITTERS, WE ARE BODYBUILDERS, WE ARE YOGIS AND WEEKEND WARRIORS, WE ARE EVERYDAY PEOPLE WHO JUST FIND PEACE THROUGH FITNESS.
WE ARE BIG BELIEVERS IN DOING MORE THAN JUST SELLING APPAREL. WE ALSO WANT TO SERVE A GREATER PURPOSE. THAT IS WHY WE GIVE 10% OF EACH PURCHASE TO CHARITIES THAT ARE HELPING THOSE BATTLING MENTAL HEALTH STRUGGLES.
CHARITIES SUCH AS:
I can't say depression is a friend but we've known each other for so long. In the past I use to deal with my depression by eating, eating everything I could get my hands on. I would eat to the point of getting sick. I was tired of living the same miserable day over and over again. I knew I needed to change and eating my emotions wasn't going to make me happy.
So, I finally got my butt in gear and worked relentlessly learning and applying as much as I could about fitness, nutrition and training. 10 months later I had lost 80lbs. In the midst of my weight loss journey, I realized how much the gym helped me mentally even on my darkest days, it helped me clear my head and elevated me. It became my solace, my place of peace, it became my main weapon in the battle against my depression.
Fitness has changed my entire life. I plan on sharing that message in hopes that it will help someone with their battle as well.
My story is complex, as am I, we all have so many things that have made us who we are today and so much of that can be shared and possibly help others, that's why I go by danicomplexx.
From NY to NM
At a young age I was uprooted from everything I knew to a small town in the middle of nowhere. I was the youngest of 5 kids. My mother and grandmother struggled to give us the best life they could. As I grew up I always searched for something that was missing. I played sports and was in band in high school and in college, yet I never felt like I fit in. I traveled during my college years and tried to find what gave me passion. One day, when I was in my 20's, I was presented with an opportunity to do a fitness challenge, my life was forever changed.
Never did I think that picking up some steel dumbbells would give me so much joy and purpose. I knew this was what had been missing from my life. Everyday I push my body and mind to the limits. I am so gratefully for the opportunities this lifestyle has given me and I am excited to continue this journey.
I am committed to spreading a positive mindset and encouraging others in whatever journey they may be on. I am here to remind them that the only thing standing in their way is themselves. Defeat is a vicious cycle that begins in the mind. I have been through deep stages of depression and I've overcome that battle in my life. I feel that it is my duty to share my story and help others do the same.
The passion and motivation that I have, I apply to not only to my gaming but every aspect of my life and for that I've grown and succeeded. There's a life I want and it doesn't involve letting anything stand in my way. There is a quote that I live my life by and it's by Conor Mcgregor "At the end of the day you gotta feel some way, so why not feel unbeatable? Why not feel untouchable."
From a young age I started suffering a lot of loss. By the age of 17 I had lost both my grandfathers and my parents. I saw my parents dead as well as my papa in my own home. My mother herself had committed suicide after a long battle of mental health and substance abuse. After all that it's no surprise that I myself developed depression, anxiety and PTSD from traumas in my life on top of the death. I always thought I could handle it myself. Never went to therapy or sought help in any way. I gave it a good run and by that I mean I didn't kill myself of end up in some other bad way. I did however use self harm and isolation as my ways of coping. 2 years ago though I hit rock bottom when I went through a lot more loss. Mainly my Nana (who raised me). I felt myself falling to the brink of suicide and so I changed my life drastically. I started working out (slowly), eating better, moved south to be by water and even went to a therapist. In that I also explored my theory on living a holistically better life I call Visual Vibe living (which in short is living a happy life on your terms by following your own Vibe). I find strength in working out, yoga, meditation, and helping others. That is why I wanted to be a part of the Wolf pack - because I see now being a part of a community and helping others is the best way to also help yourself.
Life is a strange, crazy, and overwhelming thing. It’s full of twists and turns that can lift you up and tear you down just as fast. It’s how you respond to each twist—each bump in the road—that defines who you are and who you want be tomorrow.
I let many of those roads tear me down again and again, feeling more sorry for myself and resentful of the person in the mirror. For 28 years I let the darkness get to me; the depression, the anger, the shame…until I hit my point of no return. For 28 years I’ve been at war with the demons in my head, and they were winning. Last year I made a choice, to become the hero of my own story; too long had I been the villain.
I’m a musician who loves the spotlight, though I’ve been hiding behind a mask. It’s time to show the world the real me. Fitness has been my anchor, along with music. It has kept me and my mind grounded, and help me focus on taking the world on, rather than hiding in my corner. Focusing on training has helped me gain confidence in myself, and I am starting to see myself in a new way. I fell into the pit of no return, and managed to claw my way out, come with me!
I’m no expert at life, I’m learning things day after day, let’s learn it together. My goal is to inspire others who fight the darkness every day, like me; to show them ways to take control, to gain real strength. This is a journey, and I’m excited and humbled to be a part of the pack. You are not alone, together we can grow strong, together we can conquer depression, and together we can become the heroes we want to be.
First off, My name is Miguel Lara, I'm 24 years young and was born in El Paso, Texas but raised in Rio Rancho, NM my entire life but am a die hard Texan down to the roots beneath my boots. I work as an Emergency Medical Technician in the state of New Mexico and absolutely love it and wouldnt trade it for anything in the world.
Lifting to me, is my release, its my therapy, its my way of dealing with the thoughts and emotions in my head, heart, and soul, in a way, its my saving grace. Ive struggled with depression, self hate, anger, hatred, and eating disorders through a great majority of my life and in the end the Iron saved me. Even when at times I never thought there would be light I found it in fitness, its more than a fad or dieting or a hobby, its my way of life, it has become the very passion that i love and hold very dear, its my lifestyle. Its the one thing in this world that has helped keep me sane and helped me weather the many storms that come with this crazy wild ride of life. Ive been in the dark places, ive been in the fiery red depths of hell with pain and anger, and I can say that i have crawled my way out by building the strength I needed in that weight room. It taught me discipline, control, focus, meditation, and most of all patience. It has shown me that with time the greatest of things are earned.
I know many others out there suffer the same battles and struggles as I have and at times still do. I just want them to know that there is a clearing in the storm, there is a light in the darkest of places, and there is always a mountain top above all the challenges, obstacles, struggles and many battles that we fight within ourselves everyday, and on that mountain top... is the most blissful and peaceful view of all.