People are oftentimes frustrated whenever they encounter roadblocks in whatever they do. Sometimes these hindrances push us to our very limits—physical, mental and emotional—that our body and mind tend to succumb to the weight of the challenge. Eventually, we may experience painful situations; the feeling of frustration is amplified many times causing us to relinquish the challenge, retreat and fall back never to do the same thing again. Yet the one rewarding gem of thought behind all these is that painful experiences can sometimes teach a valuable lesson in life.
The idea is simple: more experiences mean more knowledge, and more knowledge means lessons learned, thereby making us more complete as human beings. The opposite of that idea holds compelling just as well, knowing how individuals with less exposure to the outside world and to the various challenges that lay ahead of them stand below the rest of those who have been seasoned and primed by the difficulties in life. More importantly, that simple idea holds true to the average individual, especially to the exceptional ones such as athletes and successful business entrepreneurs.
Athletes in the various sports are constantly exposed to the risks of physical and mental exhaustion which, more often than not, brings painful experiences. Throughout time, many athletes have suffered from painful physical experiences and yet they have not given up completely. On the contrary, they are more motivated than before to pursue their field of specialty precisely because those painful experiences were forks on the road, so to speak. Painful experiences, apparently, are nothing short of being normal in the daily life of the athletes.
On the other hand, even non-athletes such as the exceptional business entrepreneurs have also reached the high pedestals of the industry even with the seemingly insurmountable experiences that stood against their way. Conventional wisdom tells us that all businesses have their own risks, which goes without saying that businessmen are sure enough to face risky situations. Those risky situations, such as capitalizing huge financial resources on a business venture that is not yet proven and tested, bring painful experiences just as well.
The process of critically thinking over the odds and the steps to be taken are mentally ‘painful’. But even though these painful mental and even emotional experiences which try to pull down the businessmen are sources of golden lessons that only a few are able to triumph over in the end. That is because those who have experienced the pains of doing business already have the upper hand in terms of crucial business lessons. They are already aware of the presence of those painful experiences and of the ways to surmount them.
Even the average individual can gain the vital lessons from everyday experiences that are painful. Losing a loved one, failing in school, losing a job, suffering from a crippling disease—all of these things can be sources of priceless lessons if only one has the determination and will to surpass them and the foresight to visualize the treasure trove of lessons that await them at the end of these dark times. The point is that people should not see painful experiences as the end of all the things that they have worked very hard on, or the end of their lives.
Rather, people should understand these painful experiences as a fertile land of lessons waiting to be learned. One is yet to hear of a successful person who was able to reach the peak of success without sacrifices, painful experiences notwithstanding. It is rather uncommon for a successful person who has learned valuable lessons out of the lack of painful experiences precisely because the height of pain—‘pain’ not only in the literal and physical sense—is the point where a bounty of lessons can be learned.
A Painful Childhood Experience Essay
1060 Words5 Pages
Painful Childhood Experiences
In a child’s world, there is always a lot of imagination. Children create worlds of their own out of their familiar surroundings, despite what adults tell them. The only way to let them realize the truth is to make them experience it, as Rosaura from “The Stolen Party” and An-mei from “Scar” do in their lives. Liliana Heker’s “The Stolen Party” and Amy Tan’s “Scar” share a similar theme. Both stories follow the perceptions of young girls. Although Tan’s “Scar” and Heker’s “The Stolen Party” share a distinct resemblance, they also differ. Rosaura suffers the pain that others give to her, but An-mei suffers it from her loved ones, such as her grandmother.
The main similarity is that both Rosaura and An-mei…show more content…
I felt unlucky that she was my mother….”(p386) This is pitiful of An-mei, as she does not deserve this kind of treatment from her Popo, which makes her dislikes her own mother. As a child, An-mei has suffered the pain both emotional and physically, from her family.
Another similarity is that both girls have to find out the truth by themselves. Rosaura does not believe what her mother tells her. Her mother says, “That one’s not your friend. You know what you are to them? The maid’s daughter, that’s what.”(P89) But, Rosaura so excited about the party. As Heker writes, “She wanted to go that party more than anything else in the world.” (P89)“I’ll die if I don’t’ go” she whispered,”(p89) However, the party turns out to be the end of her illusion.
On the other hand, An-mei has been greatly influenced by her grandmother. She observes her mother and “saw that she had a long white neck”, “just like the goose that had laid me.” (P387) After An-mei sees her mother trying to cure her grandmother with the traditional medicine, she realizes that her mother is not as her grandmother had described her. As she says, “I come to love mother, how I saw her in my own true nature and what was beneath my skin, inside my bones.” (P388) That is how An-mei finds out the truth about her mother and how she began to love her.