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“I judge you unfortunate because you have never lived through misfortune. You have passed through life without an opponent—no one can ever know what you are capable of, not even you.” – Seneca
It’s a cliche to point out that “Life is what happens when you’re making other plans” is a cliche. But it’s a well-worn phrase for a reason. Anyone who’s gone through life getting everything they ever wanted has no idea what they’re missing out on that may have been infinitely better. And frankly, the things I appreciated most came after a great struggle. The things that came easy felt like a gift, but not an achievement.
It’s easy to complain about setbacks. They can indeed be frustrating. But we tend to learn the most when we’re responding to and overcoming setbacks.
In the gym, failure is integral to progress. You learn the proper form for a given muscle exercise, then you do repetitions to failure – to the point where you can’t go any further with the right form, though you might be able to cheat through another rep or two (and risk injury). Here, you look forward to reaching the failure point with each set, and measuring your progress: five more pounds than last time, or two more repetitions.
Resistance is the entire point. We revel in it.
Don’t court disaster recklessly, but don’t be afraid of legitimate challenges.