Written by Yusuf Syed of 7.6
Taking Pleasure in New Things – Torgon
Last week all the 7th graders, BIL7s and 5ème took an outstanding three day trip to Torgon, where we were introduced to our new big idea resilience.
Resilience in Torgon included never giving up when you were climbing a rock wall, withstanding freezing cold river water in your boots and pushing yourself not to stop peddling on your mountain bike. All of these activities became hard and uncomfortable at one point, however that only made succeeding in them feel even better which is part of the reason why everyone enjoyed Torgon so much. When we go through hard times it only makes the good times feel even better. Just like when you get out of cold water and get into hot water, the hot water feels hotter then ever.
That is why resilience is so key in life. Without knowing what a bit of suffering feels like you can never know what maximal enjoyment feels like.
So why do we push ourselves to try new and difficult things? Is it because we crave the adrenalin or is it so we can gladly say we’ve accomplished something that was physically or mentally tough, maybe it is all of those things together. Trying new things broadens our knowledge and expands our minds. Later on in life, whether it is two days from then or two years from then, we will be able to apply those skills and knowledge that we had acquired to achieve something greater. Trying new things does not only have a short term effect on our happiness but it also can take a long term effect on our sets of skills, setting us up to progress in our lives at a faster rate.
‘When life puts you in tough situations don’t say “why me”,
say “try me”!’ -Unknown
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