If I ask you, “What do you want out of life?” and you say something like, “I want to be happy and have a great family and a job I like,” it’s so ubiquitous that it doesn’t even mean anything. What’s more interesting to me is what pain do you want?
This article is beautifully written, and a helpful reminder to me that sometimes my avoidance of going after the things I want is just a fear of the pain that may occur in the process. Unfortunately, life’s not all puppies and rainbows, and a lot of times to reach our goals, some suffering is involved. In a perfect world, we are lucky to just come across the right opportunity at the right time, or are blessed with good genetics, but I think most of us have to work pretty dang hard for the things that we want. Tom Hanks in a League of Their Own said it quite succinctly: “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard is what makes it great.” Couldn’t have said it better myself. The pain is worth it.