One Of The Most Important Question Of Your Life

…was the title of a Facebook post I recently read, hence the title of this blog post.

NOTE - A Long Read.

I know! Posting something serious as this topic just before Halloween may seem weird – like – why is this girl writing about such a serious topic on life on a happy fun and free day?

Well… It may just help you find some answers or even better – make you ask some questions to force you to work for the better!

Many people won’t like this post but many people will. AND that is the beauty of it!


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Two nights ago I was in bed reading & decided to take a Facebook break ( I keep these short, like 5 minutes because I don’t want to sit on social media for 3 hours ). AND THE MOST AMAZING ARTICLE I HAVE EVER READ POPPED UP ON MY FEED.

It was titled, The Most Important Question of Your Life.

HMMMMmmmmmmm.

Firstly, how many articles have you seen on FB like this? 4357092864? A trillion? Way too many? Telling you to “wake up earlier, how to be more productive, how to have more willpower, etcetera.”

I get it, me too.

But this article was VERY, very different. Maybe you’ll entirely disagree with me…but maybe you won’t.

The point is, this article was TOO good to NOT share. It really did contain one of the most important questions.

To be honest, I had tears in my eyes when I was done reading it ( << no judgment here please ).

Good tears though because I felt like someone was really speaking my language. So much so that I literally Tweeted the author at 11:57 PM…#PSYCHO. ( Apparently, I get very spontaneous when I’m passionate but that’s a different story ).

Anyway, ta-da, here’s the article, please read if you’re at ANY weird, conflicted, uncomfortable ( or comfortable for that matter ) point in your life. IT’S ABSOLUTELY AMAZING ( I bolded the parts I LOVE, love, LOVE ):


The Most Important Question of Your Life

Everybody wants what feels good. Everyone wants to live a carefree, happy and easy life, to fall in love and have amazing sex and relationships, to look perfect and make money and be popular and well-respected and admired and a total baller to the point that people part like the Red Sea when you walk into the room.
Everyone would like that — it’s easy to like that.
If I ask you, “What do you want out of life?” and you say something like, “I want to be happy and have a great family and a job I like,” it’s so ubiquitous that it doesn’t even mean anything.
A more interesting question, a question that perhaps you’ve never considered before, is what pain do you want in your life? What are you willing to struggle for? Because that seems to be a greater determinant of how our lives turn out.
Everybody wants to have an amazing job and financial independence — but not everyone wants to suffer through 60-hour work weeks, long commutes, obnoxious paperwork, to navigate arbitrary corporate hierarchies and the blasé confines of an infinite cubicle hell. People want to be rich without the risk, without the sacrifice, without the delayed gratification necessary to accumulate wealth.
Everybody wants to have great sex and an awesome relationship — but not everyone is willing to go through the tough conversations, the awkward silences, the hurt feelings, and the emotional psychodrama to get there. And so they settle. They settle and wonder “What if?” for years and years and until the question morphs from “What if?” into “Was that it?” And when the lawyers go home and the alimony check is in the mail they say, “What was that for?” if not for their lowered standards and expectations 20 years prior, then what for?
Because happiness requires struggle. The positive is the side effect of handling the negative. You can only avoid negative experiences for so long before they come roaring back to life.
At the core of all human behavior, our needs are more or less similar. A positive experience is easy to handle. It’s a negative experience that we all, by definition, struggle with. Therefore, what we get out of life is not determined by the good feelings we desire but by what bad feelings we’re willing and able to sustain to get us to those good feelings.
People want an amazing physique. But you don’t end up with one unless you legitimately appreciate the pain and physical stress that comes with living inside a gym for hour upon hour, unless you love calculating and calibrating the food you eat, planning your life out in tiny plate-sized portions.
People want to start their own business or become financially independent. But you don’t end up a successful entrepreneur unless you find a way to appreciate the risk, the uncertainty, the repeated failures, and working insane hours on something you have no idea whether will be successful or not.

People want a partner, a spouse. But you don’t end up attracting someone amazing without appreciating the emotional turbulence that comes with weathering rejections, building the sexual tension that never gets released, and staring blankly at a phone that never rings. It’s part of the game of love.

You can’t win if you don’t play.

What determines your success isn’t “What do you want to enjoy?” The question is, “What pain do you want to sustain?” The quality of your life is not determined by the quality of your positive experiences but the quality of your negative experiences. And to get good at dealing with negative experiences is to get good at dealing with life.
There’s a lot of crappy advice out there that says, “You’ve just got to want it enough!”
Everybody wants something. And everybody wants something enough. They just aren’t aware of what it is they want, or rather, what they want “enough.”
Because if you want the benefits of something in life, you have to also want the costs.
If you want the beach body, you have to want the sweat, the soreness, the early mornings, and the hunger pangs. If you want the yacht, you have to also want the late nights, the risky business moves, and the possibility of pissing off a person or ten thousand.
If you find yourself wanting something month after month, year after year, yet nothing happens and you never come any closer to it, then maybe what you actually want is a fantasy, an idealization, an image, and a false promise. Maybe what you want isn’t what you want, you just enjoy wanting. Maybe you don’t actually want it at all.
Sometimes I ask people, “How do you choose to suffer?” These people tilt their heads and look at me like I have twelve noses. But I ask because that tells me far more about you than your desires and fantasies. Because you have to choose something. You can’t have a pain-free life. It can’t all be roses and unicorns. And ultimately that’s the hard question that matters. Pleasure is an easy question. And pretty much all of us have similar answers. The more interesting question is the pain. What is the pain that you want to sustain?
That answer will actually get you somewhere. It’s the question that can change your life. It’s what makes me me and you you. It’s what defines us and separates us and ultimately brings us together.
For most of my adolescence and young adulthood, I fantasized about being a musician — a rock star, in particular. Any badass guitar song I heard, I would always close my eyes and envision myself up on stage playing it to the screams of the crowd, people absolutely losing their minds to my sweet finger-noodling. This fantasy could keep me occupied for hours on end. The fantasizing continued up through college, even after I dropped out of music school and stopped playing seriously. But even then it was never a question of if I’d ever be up playing in front of screaming crowds, but when. I was biding my time before I could invest the proper amount of time and effort into getting out there and making it work. First, I needed to finish school. Then, I needed to make money. Then, I needed to find the time. Then…and then nothing.
Despite fantasizing about this for over half of my life, the reality never came. And it took me a long time and a lot of negative experiences to finally figure out why: I didn’t actually want it.
I was in love with the result — the image of me on stage, people cheering, me rocking out, pouring my heart into what I’m playing — but I wasn’t in love with the process. And because of that, I failed at it. Repeatedly. Hell, I didn’t even try hard enough to fail at it. I hardly tried at all.
The daily drudgery of practicing, the logistics of finding a group and rehearsing, the pain of finding gigs and actually getting people to show up and give a shit. The broken strings, the blown tube amp, hauling 40 pounds of gear to and from rehearsals with no car. It’s a mountain of a dream and a mile-high climb to the top. And what it took me a long time to discover is that I didn’t like to climb much. I just liked to imagine the top.
Our culture would tell me that I’ve somehow failed myself, that I’m a quitter or a loser. Self-help would say that I either wasn’t courageous enough, determined enough or I didn’t believe in myself enough. The entrepreneurial/start-up crowd would tell me that I chickened out on my dream and gave in to my conventional social conditioning. I’d be told to do affirmations or join a mastermind group or manifest or something.

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But the truth is far less interesting than that: I thought I wanted something, but it turns out I didn’t. End of story.
I wanted the reward and not the struggle. I wanted the result and not the process. I was in love not with the fight but only the victory. And life doesn’t work that way.
Who you are is defined by the values you are willing to struggle for. People who enjoy the struggles of a gym are the ones who get in good shape. People who enjoy long workweeks and the politics of the corporate ladder are the ones who move up it. People who enjoy the stresses and uncertainty of the starving artist lifestyle are ultimately the ones who live it and make it.
This is not a call for willpower or “grit.” This is not another admonishment of “no pain, no gain.”
This is the most simple and basic component of life: our struggles determine our successes.

So choose your struggles wisely, my friend.

{ By: Mark Manson }

Hi, me again.

Ok— you like? Hate? Disagree? Weigh in.

Would love to hear your thoughts, as always. Here’s mine:

Personally, I feel like some people view bloggers as having NO struggle. No one sees the 2 AM nights, overbooked schedules, time away from home/family/friends/dogs, massive amounts of work, last-minute deadlines, BTS, dealing with outside influences, self discipline, constant craziness, editing, creating content, etc. ( & listen, I’m not saying this is everyone’s blogging journey & work is so difficult/poor me, I’m just saying nothing good comes easy ). I love what I do very, very much but don’t be fooled, there have been struggles. And I love it; without the struggle, there’s no reward, without process, no result. Simple if you think about it, really.

But let’s go deeper than just blogging.

To me, this article resonates in many areas of my life: my relationships, family, fitness, friends, community, life, etc. Each area has had a crazy, intense struggle before. ( Side note: if you’re a parent I am sure there are many very well-worth-it struggles with raising children too ).

Again, nothing worth it comes easy.

& here’s the deal, it’s fine to dream about being the mega ROCKSTAR. But don’t expect the destination without the journey.

Family for me is all about building, fitness about the process, & blogging about the ride. So I don’t want to hear about your destination, I WANT TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR RIDE…YOUR JOURNEY. Are you attached to an outcome or rather the growth? What tickles your fancy enough to make you ACTUALLY embrace the struggle, the ride, the process? To crave the struggle because you know it’s worth the result.

……..?

In my life, with ANY type of struggle comes some kind of beauty. The most eternally beautiful people have struggled.

And besides, perfection is fucking boring. There’s something sort of really beautiful in the struggle. There’s depth in it, you know?

Happy Halloween lol, xx, Aishwarya ♥


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23 thoughts on “One Of The Most Important Question Of Your Life

  1. To write a good story you throw every roadblock at your protagonist anything, including the kitchen sink. We litter the path with anything that inhibits them from attaining their goal. That struggle makes a great story. Why would we assume it was any different in real life? i have always maintained that as soon you decided you want something the universe give you a roadblock to determine if you are serious. Are you worthy of the payoff. Great post and thanks for sharing.

  2. All I can say is Wow! I love this post and I can see why you had to share what you discovered. I found it relatable on so many levels. It got me thinking about all of the things that I have made tremendous sacrifices for. I can definitely feel that “pull”. Those things are so worth the effort, struggle, lessons, and resulting joy. Thanks so much for sharing! Keep shining Aishwarya!

    1. I know. It just clicked with the second I finished reading it. Thanks for reading. Glad to know you enjoyed reading it as much I loved it.

  3. I completely agree mind blowing article but he’s absolutely right struggles are the key to success without them there’s no story to tell no lesson to learn and nothing will ever be worth accomplishing.

  4. I was in love with the result — the image of me on stage, people cheering, me rocking out, pouring my heart into what I’m playing — but I wasn’t in love with the process. And because of that, I failed at it. Repeatedly. Hell, I didn’t even try hard enough to fail at it. I hardly tried at all.

    Wow just wow Aishwarya!!!
    You know I am already into a struggle but this article has made me more determined towards my struggle!
    Thank you so so so much for this post!!!❤❤❤

  5. That’s a very good article and i tend to agree. sometimes you just gotta be happy and let things fall where they may is the way i take life, but that’s just me. 🙂

    1. Many people think the same. Myself included.
      Thank you for taking out your time to read and comment. ❤

  6. I enjoyed this article with the article encapsulated in it. Sometimes life isn’t about struggle for gain, but surrender to what is. I’ve gone through a major shift that required me to decide that my responsibility to others is more important than my selfish desires. Now I live differently. It was a different kind of struggle, a struggle to surrender, letting some dreams die because “we are exactly where we are needed,” as someone once said to me. When I feel internal struggles, that’s when I sense my ego. I’m still not sure what I think of ego. I’m not sure what I think of turning life into a game instead of a responsibility to be a fixer. When we look to our sides and see others walking the same walk along a different line, that’s when we begin to measure ourselves against others, for better and for worse. I feel that the best game we can win isn’t a game where others suffer or pay for our gain, but our own personal challenge to arrive at peace through realigning or surrendering much personal will for the greater good. ❤

  7. Wow. This is such a great and nice read.
    Here are my thoughts on this. Everyone undergoes constants struggle but most of us blur out the struggles and only pay emphasis on the good parts. The struggles we go through make us unique from each other. It’s not all about the food but bad as well.

  8. Yes. Life is not bed of roses. Positive and negative things do happen in everybody’s life but one needs to take everything in a positive way to such extent that even negative things also will be liked at par with the positive. This is an art of living which has been taught by our great Saints. Good blogging. All the best.

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