Dealing With Discomforts

Nobody likes to be in an uncomfortable position, no matter how much someone tells you it’s fine.

The more we know, the more we’re reluctant to move out of our comfort zone. The opposite is true. When we know nothing, we expect nothing. We can only try to see if it works. Acting without restrains and expectations can be such a liberating experience.

Today, I opened up the email and skimmed through the inbox. Every Monday, I look forward to the newsletter by Jack Cheng. Medium-sized articles from his eventful lens. I’m done reading his latest work, and something particularly strikes me.

I try to rationalize the discomfort away: I wonder if as I grow older I tend to seek more comfort and avoid more discomfort, because discomfort is built on the ruts of experience. When you know nothing, you can‘t be afraid of the unknown because everything is unknown. Comfort and discomfort are more the memory-informed anticipations of pain and pleasure than the actual sensations.

We are afraid because we know what’s coming. What if we throw caution to the wind, and just move forward the way as we want it. The only way to learn is by doing it. Reading and knowing is one thing, but experiencing it is another.

Go on, like what a prominent sports maker says, Just Do It.