What is pain? What is discomfort? Is it something terrible, something to be avoided… or is it the very thing that lets us know that we are alive?
The modern world has sold us on a lie. The lie says that to live is to be comfortable. To live is to be free of struggle. The lie says that the ultimate existence would be to never want for anything, to never be pushed so far that it hurts. So why do some of us seek out “edge” experiences? Why do we flirt with deprivation, with intentional chaos? Why do some of us push toward and through our own physical, emotional, and emotional limits, just to see how it feels?
Every day, safe in our modern cocoons, we can comfortably ignore the fact we are dying. But should we blind ourselves to the truth? Beyond self-help cliches lies a painful and sobering reality: YOUR TIME IN THIS LIFE IS LIMITED… AND IT IS RUNNING OUT.
This essay looks at what it is to strive, to seek out what hurts us so that we may find out what it is to truly be human.