30 Things I’ve learnt – Part XXIII

Once again, I am scrounging other people’s material for a post. This time it’s Haruki Murakami. I’ve only read one of his books (What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, which is ace, by the way, even if you don’t run), but I really should read more as I’ve only ever heard good things about them.

Anyway, the quote I’m sharing today is:

Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.

Actually, I’m not going to feel bad because this quote is actually from an article read by Murakami in the International Herald Tribune where an interviewed marathon runner quoted his older brother. So I’m sure it’s been plagiarised enough for the effect to be minimised by now.

So. Bad stuff will happen. How you react to those situations is up to you. The ‘pain’ will happen, but you don’t have to ‘suffer’.

Obviously, this does not apply to ‘Man Flu’, you can’t help but suffer when afflicted with such an awful illness.

Now, the slightly less eloquent way of putting this lesson across would be that sometimes you just have to

Man the fuck up.

A lot of people have shitty days. So do you. But instead of deciding to suffer, you can decide to be awesome. True story. As Barney Stinson would say.


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