You

Discomfort is Your Best Friend

I really love the message in this article. It sounds severe, but discomfort is actually your best friend in life.

πŸ‘‰ You Will Not Grow Until You Learn to Tolerate Discomfort

I have found this to be more and more true the older I get, to the point where if things are very easy or comfortable for too long, it sort of terrifies me. It is the first sign of your downfall. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

Embracing discomfort and seeing it as your friend allows you to shed fear and enjoy the feeling of progress. It lets you learn to play guitar or programming, it lets you take a chance with someone, it lets you find new ways to be happy and fit, it lets you be shed stale thinking.

When we are in pain, discomfort heightens and communicates. When we are making progress, discomfort peaks and recedes, and clarity washes over us.

PS I told my kid the other day that discomfort grows you, before I even read this article. She said that sounded like something I would read. πŸ˜‚

Quotes

“Two things define you”

Okay, it’s silly to say that “two things” define you. I suspect it’s more like 436 things that define you. Or more likely all your DNA and all your experiences, which is like a billion things.

Still, this is a good quote, and way more meaningful than “Your DNA and all your experiences define you.” πŸ˜‚

I would agree that patience and attitude are pretty key.

Two things define you: Your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything.

George Bernard Shaw

Thanks to Jyotichamp for leading me to this quote!

You

How Getting Older Makes You Tougher and Wiser

Getting older is good! Well, not in every way — I’m getting near-sighted and having trouble bending my legs. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ But in more significant ways, aging makes you better.

I don’t love the name of this article, but I do like the observations it contains.

πŸ‘‰ The Incredibly Harsh Lessons You Learn with Age

These are some great lessons learned from aging, and I agree with them all.

  • Nothing is ever β€œdone”
  • Success increases with your ability to be vulnerable
  • There is always another struggle coming next
  • You always have more to learn
  • Being uncomfortable feels the best

I especially like the last one.

As you age and you understand the struggle never ends, you learn to move closer to uncomfortable situations because that’s where progress is unlocked and fulfillment can be found.