pain is awesome?


In my introductory psychology class today we talk about somatosensory cortex, and the fact that if you directly stimulate the cortex, the subject will report a sensation of being touched.

“Miss, does that mean that one day we could somehow block that area and remove pain?”, someone asks. That’s the same student who five minutes prior asked me whether I thought we would one day be able to control people like robotic monkeys. Yep, love my job.

“But we need pain”, I hear myself respond, almost instantly. “We can’t live without pain. Pain is educational. It tells us what to stop doing.”

Pain also serves as contrast. After being in pain for a while, it feels amazing to simply not be in pain.

I am in pain quite a bit. Most often it’s self-inflicted. You know. Burpees. Weighted squats. Intervals. 12-hour races. Traffic. Dr. Oz. But the past couple of days have been a good reminder of good old physical pain of the different sort. Sprained wrist on Sunday, and now I’m sick. With a cold!

I do not remember last time I had a cold. And that’s kind of… awesome. For couple of reasons. I get to appreciate the fact that I’m healthy. Most of the time. That most of the time I do not have a runny nose, and a sore throat.

But there are also certain things that are kind of cool about being sick. And I’m not even talking about being tucked into bed, and having a hot soup served to you in bed. Although that would be nice.

Here are some things that I appreciate SO much more when I’m sick:

– fuzzy socks
– hot shower
– spicy soup
– How I Met Your Mother
– tea with milk
– comfy clothes
– late mornings
– modern medicine (yay for decongestants)


  • 2 mile run (treadmill)
  • 100 squats
  • 100 lunges
  • 100 situps
  • 150 jumping jacks

Sniffling off,

Posted January 30, 2013



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