Pain is messy. On one hand, it bleeping hurts! Even the smallest doses of pain, like burning your hand on the stove, can make us want to look up at the sky and curse like a drunk sailor. But on the other hand, pain can be a powerful catalyst for growth.
There’s nothing quite like the direct experience of pain to force us to open our eyes to things we are neglecting or unaware of. For me, I didn’t realize how vital health was until I lost it. When I was growing up, I didn’t know a thing about health. My diet consisted of pop tarts, fast food, and pasta. I grew up in the age of fast food and millions of dollars being pumped into kids’ commercials. Honestly, I’m not sure the world knew how bad fast food would be for us. Our parents, even grandparents gave the same level of trust to McDonald’s as they would to a home-cooked meal. Convenience over quality. I don’t blame my parents—they didn’t know about health either! (I wonder if the food companies had any idea either, at least at the beginning.)
We don’t know what we don’t know.
And without access to insightful information or guardrails to keep us safe, pain and failures become difficult lessons that ultimately allow us to become better and potentially change the course of our lives.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1233