In a world where our quality of living continues to go up - a handheld computer at our fingers, a flat-screen TV in every room, and groceries delivered to our doors - so goes anxiety, depression, and substance abuse.
I think we are trying to avoid suffering.
We don't want the bad days, we run from the struggle, and we want to write our stories without any valleys.
One thing we need to consider: when was the last time you enjoyed a movie where the hero didn't have to overcome some adversity?
I think we are forgetting that without the bad, we won't truly value the good.
I believe that it's actually the times of struggle that we actually look back on appreciate the most. Often, the journey is much more rewarding than the finish line.
Mark Manson puts it this way: "everything worthwhile in life is won through surmounting the associated negative experience."
He goes on to say that struggle is absolutely necessary. As human beings, we are psychologically conditioned to struggle because it's the only agent that inspires change.
Ever struggle through a tough breakup, only later to reflect and realize that you're grateful for how much you grew?
Have you ever screwed up, only later realizing how much you learned?
I agree with Manson, and it's a necessary reminder for myself. I think we should embrace the struggle and realize that the obstacle is the way. If we are to step into our unlived lives, we must stop trying to detour around the tough terrains.