The classic, original Star Trek first aired on NBC on this date in 1969, and 43 years later Kirk, Spock, the Enterprise and Tribbles have become an enduring part of pop culture lexicon, albeit with a select yet rabid fan base. Now I’m not here to debate the merits of Star Trek (I’m more of a Star Wars guy) or offer any kind of geek fanboy mumbo-jumbo on the mythology of Star Trek. I’m not even going to try to say, “Yeah, well, so’s your mother” in Klingon!
Rather, I’m here to offer soothing mental relaxation and an effective way to shake off the stress of the workweek simply through the James T. Kirk Method, which is aptly demonstrated by William Shatner in the above scene from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (there should be no debate that ST2: TWOK was the best of the Star Trek films, hands down!).
Here’s how it works: Did the workweek fry your brain and kick your ass? Was the bus on time at all this week? Did you have to deal with so many idiot bosses, managers, clients and coworkers that you just want to scream? It’s James T. Kirk to the rescue, so follow along. Let’s all do this together.
Step one: Clench that jaw!
Step two: Let those eyes get slightly buggy!
Step three: Feel the emotion build from deep in your gut.
Step four: Think briefly about what you’re going to say (keep it brief!)
Step five: Just let loose in all your Kirkian glory!
Ahhhhh … feel better now? Repeat if you feel the need. And then boldly go where no man has gone before, or live long or prosper, or … whatever!