Fear- it’s an emotion we normally go to great lengths to avoid. We do our best to rearrange our environment to avoid fear. We’re creatures of comfort. Even when we journey outside our comfort zone, we do everything in our power to maintain some semblance of safety and predictability.
When I started the BRUcrew Facebook group, the idea was simple- set up a series of “challenges” that would push us outside our comfort zones. The goal was to systematically create situations where fear is invoked.
Facing fear is necessary to move forward. Facing fear is necessary for growth. Avoiding fearful situations leads to stagnation.
I’ve had a long-standing theory that we continually push ourselves to do things like running our fist ultra, moving to a new area, or starting a new job because we have an innate drive to overcome difficulty. If we get too comfortable, we manufacture adversity.
Well, some of us anyway.
There does seem to be a segment of the population that avoids uncomfortable situations. They go to great lengths to make their lives as comfortable and predictable as possible. Sure, we all like to be comfortable most of the time, but most of us will do something to shake things up on occasion.
I’ve tossed this issue out to my Facebook friends before, but almost all seem to fit this “seek adversity” personality. The discussions aren’t really discussions so much as a huge echo chamber of affirmation. That’s a piss-poor formula for productive discussion.
Let’s see if we can get a better discussion here, and we’ll start with two questions:
1. Talk about your own drive to do things that you fear. Explain why you do these things.
2. Talk about your own drive to seek comfort; to make your life as easy as possible.