What Ever Doesn’t Kill Me

Coming into contact with germs spurs an immune response, but it doesn’t do anything to make your immune system stronger.  There is evidence that says exposure to allergenic foods at a young age can help prevent the development of food allergies later on.  Scientists expect that a lack of early childhood exposure to infectious agents, symbiotic microorganisms, parasites, drugs, and other allergens increases a person’s susceptibility to allergic diseases by suppressing the natural development of the immune system.  People that lift weights go by the saying, “no pain, no gain”, because in order to build up their muscles, they must break them down first.  It is by continuously breaking down your muscles and challenging them is how you will see growth.

Just as we build up our muscles, humans must endure some pain, as this allows our emotions to become stronger, as we endure that pain.  Suffering makes us more resilient, better able to tolerate hardships by giving us a deep respect for reality.  If you have everything handed to you on a silver platter, then you never have to work for anything and you lose your sense of value.  Thus in order to appreciate everything that life has to offer us, we have to experience some pain in our lives.

Written for Fandango’s Provocative Question #141 which asks, “Do you agree that human suffering can be beneficial and that suffering is a necessary part of the human condition?  Why or why not?”

Let It All Out

I do not feel pain, well I am just really good at ignoring it, so that never keeps me awake at night.  I do not have insomnia because of depression, anxiety, mental illness or stress, as I am a pretty well rounded person, that hardly ever gets nervous or irritable.  I really am not the kind of person that goes around discussing my emotions, as I more or less tend to roll with the punches and laugh most of my problems off.  My mottos are, “Nobody ever promised that life was going to be easy” and “Life sucks and then you die”, both of which keep me from wondering what went wrong in my life. In an average day a person might experience traffic snarls, rude colleagues and unexpected delays, which can all cause stress.  Your body will react accordingly to what it encounters and certain situations may cause your adrenalin to increase, which in turn will prepare your body for a fight or flight response, or your heart might beat more rapidly to improve your blood supply, or your blood pressure might rise and your breathing could accelerate and also acidity may build up in your stomach.

Life is a series of ups and downs and we need a way to control the downs.  It is often necessary to air out your frustrations, as only the squeaky wheel gets the grease.  If you don’t complain about problems that are not your fault, then you leave yourself open for others to take advantage of you.  Venting keeps people from exploding, it is the method that people use to blow off steam.  When a situation becomes unsustainable, then something has to give.

Getting something off your chest may help you think more logically.  There will always be those situations in life where you are forced to ‘suck it up’, but venting is usually a good way to control an agitated mood and get you to see things clearly again.  Things happen in life and sometimes life can be a bitch.  You may feel frustrated when certain things don’t go your way.  If something messes up your plans you may feel demoralized.  Times are rough these days, things have a way of slipping out of your control, especially when these things don’t go in your favor and it may seem that everyone is fighting against you.  Anyone can have a bad day and when things go really bad your last resort may be complaining.  Holding in your anger, sadness, or frustration will most likely result in building up unnecessary stress.  When you find yourself in an unpleasant situation, then you should vent instead of letting it ruin your life.

Written for Fandango’s Provocative Question #23 which asks, “How do you manage or deal with stress? Is there a specific strategy or approach that you’ve found to be particularly effective?”