Pain Lasts But a Season

What is worth its price in pain?

Is there anything in this world that’s worth enduring intense physical pain? Is accomplishing a great physical feat worth all the suffering and effort involved? If you have to go through hell to get the perfect body, climb an impossible mountain, or become a veritable human weapon, would you do it?

If you had to risk great emotional suffering in order to find true love, would that be a price you would be willing to pay? If you have to expose yourself to the possibility heartbreak, depression, and wrecked life in order for a chance at something completely out-of-this-world, would you do it? Is anything really worth that?

On the other hand…

What is pain, other than a passing thing? What is struggle, other than something that disappears once finished? What is suffering, other than a memory? What can the worst experience really do in the long run, other than leave a dark shadow upon your soul… a shadow that is weak and intangible, only as powerful as we make it?

If you are willing to brave the worst the world has to offer in order to achieve something spectacular, you can accomplish anything, and simply forget the past’s struggles.

If you will not brave the temporary storm in order to achieve enduring reward, then you deserve your own failure.

Joël Valenzuela
Joël Valenzuela
Joël Valenzuela is the editor of The Desert Lynx. He is also the founder of the Rights Brigade, a mover for the Free State Project, and a martial art instructor.