Enduring that 4-hour climb up the mountain to see a beautiful sunrise, or that hard fall over and over again just to nail a Capoeira move, or falling in love again especially after a devastating break-up — all these and the question remains — WHY DO WE DO IT?
Why do we subject ourselves in such pain? Why do we tolerate it? Why do we go through the hardship when there’s always the option of taking the easy way out?
The answer is simple – because we know that what’s on the other side is worth it and working hard for it will make the triumph even more precious and priceless. In hardship and pain, we learn to deeply appreciate the outcome, gain new perspective and thrive. We learn to value what we worked hard for and realize that there are things, things that come easy, that we have been taking for granted.
So, why climb a mountain for 4 hours when you could easily take a helicopter to bring you to the top? Because that 4-hour climb up hill will open your eyes to endless possibilities and the beauty of nature, and makes you feel that you don’t have to rush and that time is on your side.
Why endure risk of getting injured from trying Capoeira moves when you could easily take on a much easier sport? Because finding joy in falling down means challenging yourself to go beyond your limits and to never give up.
And why do we love again after picking up the broken pieces of our hearts when we can always choose to close our heart to prevent another heartbreak? Because that means giving ourselves a chance to be loved, the kind of love we truly deserve, to be happy effortlessly in the arms of those who truly cares and to never lose faith in love and its ability that makes us believe in the goodness of people.
So my advice to you, embrace pain and hardship because soon after, there’ll be a rainbow, or a light at the end of the tunnel, or simply a much better perspective about life, love, fears, dreams and everything else in between.
“The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you’re in control of your life. If you don’t, life controls you.” — Tony Robbins