Modern society teaches us to hide away from anything hard.
We order things online to avoid the long line in the store.
We play on our phones to avoid conversation with the people around us.
We drive across town because walking is apparently too difficult.
We use any kind of substance to avoid life and our own thoughts.
Sure, there are benefits to the advancements of technology, but far too many people don’t use it to create a better life, they use it to escape from life.
I don’t know how we have gotten into the mindset that life should be easy. That life is avoidance of pain.
Life is pain.
In the gym, you need resistance to grow your muscles. As you grow your muscles, you can handle more weight. You get stronger. You can’t start out at the heaviest weight think you can start lifting that right away.
Life is the exact same way although we don’t treat it that way.
The harder things are, the stronger you are becoming in life. The more resistance you are adding to your life, the more you can handle. This is how you create the life you have always dreamed of having.
Running from pain doesn’t make you stronger. In fact it creates the opposite. Life will not give you what you want if you can’t handle the simple things in life. If you can’t manage the money you make now, it won’t give you millions. If you can’t lift the light weights, you won’t ever be able to lift the heavy ones. If you can’t keep a relationship to last past a few months, you absolutely won’t last in a marriage.
Life is all about dominating the small things in life. Handling the small pain and building your resistance as you go.
Once you stop running from pain, you never stop running from pain. Then these are the people who 20 years down the line get divorced because they can’t function as an adult and deal with their problems. The kids, mortgage, car payments, work, and repressed dreams all build up until they simply run.
Rarely do we ever praise the people who hold it together, become stronger, and ultimately chase the path of becoming the best versions of themselves.
If you’re going through something hard, just embrace it.
Understand that staying standing on your two feet and meeting this challenge head on will bring a better life. You’ll be able to handle more. You’ll be able to grow.
Run from it and you will always be weak. You’ll be that adult who is still stuck in their teenage years mentally. Life won’t grant those people anything special, and if it does, they will ruin it immediately.
Be stronger than that. Go through life as a warrior. Welcome pain. Embrace it.
Like the quote goes: When life knocks you down, calmly get back up, smile, and politely say, “You hit like a bitch.”