D and I were talking the other night about how as a society we are constantly striving to be comfortable. About how any little pain, twitch, or discomfort must be handled RIGHT NOW! If we have a headache we instantly reach for a Tylenol. If we are hungry, we instantly reach for food. Just a tad bit cold, we turn up the heater. We don’t know how to be uncomfortable, because we’ve conditioned ourselves to never be in that state. Why is that? Why do we shun that feeling?
I thought about it this morning as I was getting ready for work, switching from my robe to my clothes in our nearly hundred year old house that isn’t very well insulated. It was chilly. Not wrapped in furs around a hole on a frozen pond trying to catch lunch while our fingers freeze off chilly … just a tad … well .. uncomfortable. I walked towards the thermostat with the intention of adjusting it a few degrees so that I, the princess of nothing, wouldn’t have to endure being just every so slightly cool.
I stopped myself. I remembered the conversation. I stood there and felt the cold. Really felt it. It didn’t hurt me. I didn’t freeze. I became aware of it. The goosebumps on my skin. The air feeling crisp. The dogs staring at me like I had lost my mind.
I felt it. Really felt it.
and I didn’t die. I let the feeling happen and after a while it passed.
I’m not saying I’m going to go out of my way to feel uncomfortable. I’m not going to strip down naked and go rolling through the snow covered parking lot or put clothes pins on my ear lobes just for the shits and giggles of it. Nope … not going to happen. But I am going to slow down when things just don’t feel right and just feel them. Which happens to be a big lesson for people dealing with anxiety … oh the irony !!! Just feel it … let it be.
So here’s to being uncomfortable. Don’t take this the wrong way, but I hope sometime today that something makes you feel just a little bit off and you take the time to really feel it. Don’t stick a Band-Aid on it. Don’t run from it. Don’t cover it up. Be human and really feel it. Be uncomfortable.
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