Discomfort: In praise of difficult times

Feeling uncomfortable is GOOD. A difficult thing is uncomfortable, it's frustrating and irritating and hard to get past. But difficulties are necessary. 

"When the going gets tough, the tough get going." Thank you, Billy Ocean. 

I've learned so much from feeling uncomfortable, out of place, out of my comfort zone and unsure.

When you're faced with something uneasy and hard you are challenged. And I like challenges. Not quite when I'm in the middle of them, sweaty, nervous and 100% sure I'm going to fuck up.

But afterward, when I've pushed past the uneasiness and come out of it knowing a little bit more. I feel pretty badass for having stuck through the hard times, despite the discomfort it brought me. 

And hard things are only hard because you either a) have never done something before b) don't wanna do it or c) are scared because you don't feel you have the ability or knowledge to do it. 

Guess what? 

a) Learn how to do it b) want to do it c) stop being afraid to fail and then do it. 

You owe it to yourself to be uncomfortable sometimes and to make yourself a little uneasy. To venture out and risk failure. Getting something wrong only means there's so much left to learn and do right. There's so much room for improvement and betterment.

There's all this greatness waiting for you to take it in and accept the challenge of doing better. 

I hear so many people say, "I didn't do it because it was too hard," or "I don't know, it's really difficult," or "I'm not comfortable trying that." 

Do it. Do it. Do it. Give in to the difficult times. Accept that there will always be something difficult that you really really don't want to do but probably should. 

A difficult conversation, exercise, assignment, routine, task, turn, whatever it may be, face it, accept it and just do it. 

Be uncomfortable. Let yourself experience hardship and be surprised by how well you handle it, and how capable you are of working through hard times.

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