Life’s Most Consequential Trade-Off: Agency, Immunity

There’s one chemical truth about happiness in the brain. That, of course, is that it’s impossible to experience happiness and be a victim at the same time.

Since the “V” word is an especially weighty one these days, let’s look closer at it. We won’t use victimization as inextricably linked to crimes or injustice, but rather a lack of agency. Having a sense of agencyrefers to the feeling of control over actions and their consequences.” The role of victim, then, when considered separate of the circumstances, is a role that says I am completely subject to my environment without an ability to affect change in that reality. Having a sense of agency, then, is to say that you have some control (albeit small) regarding your reality. 

Agency is required for happiness. 

The human mind thrives on the perception and belief that we have the agency and autonomy to affect our reality. However, as we all know, reality can be hard. This leaves us with a daily choice. Hell, the choice can come even hundreds of times within one day to choose the heavy burden of responsibility in having agency or relinquish that burden for victimhood.

A victim benefits by being able to say they aren’t responsible, but forgoes all agency and, therefore, any chance at real happiness. It seems that stepping into leadership and claiming responsibility for our own reality is the only way forward to happiness and beyond.

1/3/23 WOD


Complete 4 rounds for quality of:

6 Sumo Deadlift
10-12 Evil Wheels

Then, AMRAP 10

50 Lateral Plyo Boxes
20 Wall Balls (20/14)


Turkish Get Up (ea)

Complete 3 rounds for quality of:

6-8 Strict Dips
10 DB 3-Way Raise
12 Barbell Curls

Then, in teams of 3, AMRAP 12

Partner A: Max Cal Assault Bike
Partner B: 8 D-Ball-to-Shoulder (150/90)
Partner C: -Rest-