Comfort In Discomfort

– By Barton Tanner

The human body is made for movement. We are capable of amazing physical feats. Yet, our perceived limitations and social dogma continually prevent us from tapping into our true potential.

Our modern world entices us to live an idle life, devoid of struggle and discomfort. Modernity idealises comfort and convenience, the complete absence of pain and struggle, as happiness. People grow so ‘comfortable’ with their lives that they are unaware of their lack of fulfilment. “Struggling and suffering are the essence of a life worth living” (Dean Karnazes). By not demanding more from yourself, you are choosing a numb existence.


For most people, the world today is so comfortable, that you can barely keep up with the daily tasks that need to be completed. In this state, everyday tasks become so numb and inactive. I find it is the struggle, the pain and suffering in the pursuit of a goal or passion, that is actually more important than the goal itself. As Einstein once said, “in the middle of difficulty lies the opportunity for growth”.


By demanding more from your body and pushing through pain barriers, you gain a sense of clarity and growth that no promise of painlessness or comfort could ever deliver. It is these moments of suffering that force you to rethink the essence of ‘you’. So when you come out the other side, when you succeed and make it through this temporary state of existence, you are a more complete version of the person that started the task. Additionally, you are empowering others to understand that they too can challenge themselves. They can go through miserable, painful and ugly situations, physically or mentally, and come out the other side a better version of themselves.

“…As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fears, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Nelson Mandela

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