“By putting yourself in that intense form of stress, it makes regular life more peaceful.” — Joe Rogan
Stress is an everyday part of life that you simply can’t avoid. What you can do is learn how to deflect it or absorb it and shoot it back out for lack of a better word, but you can’t completely avoid it because it’s always going to be here.
But that’s a conversation for another time.
As of right now, let’s talk about why stress exists in the first place. First off, the most obvious answer is that it exists simply because you can’t hold yourself up without it. Did you know that there have been experiments where trees were raised in a perfect indoor space, with the right lighting, water, ph levels in the soil, nutrients, and all that? But… they still fell over. Why? Well, because there was no wind to blow on them and make them strong enough to hold themselves up.
Stress conditions us to be strong enough to hold ourselves up when the wind blows, but it also conditions us to enjoy the times where it doesn’t. If we avoid stress, we struggle to even hold ourselves up in our day to day lives because we’re so determined to find the easy way out. But the truth is that there is no easy way out that’s worth anything, because the easy way out only gives you an easy reward.
Once we build up this callous to stress, regular life is like a stroll in the park.
Expose yourself to stress. It’s the only thing that makes you stronger.
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