Why do people seek out challenges? Humans have been chasing this intangible desire since Prometheus decided they deserved fire*. There is a burning hot drive within the human species to go beyond the normal abilities practiced in everyday life; even when whatever that may be changes with people, place, and time.
It’s not like life doesn’t challenge us on its own—but this is not the same kind of challenge. The challenge we seek is joined of our own volition. This may in fact make it all the more wonderous. By our own free will we accept, suffer through, and either succeed or fail in these trials.
I’ve succumbed to that fire. There is always something burning inside me, fueling a need to do something beyond what I am now. Although I can’t always explain it, there are times when I glimpse a fleeting meaning behind the feeling. Sometimes, it is the beauty of exertion. In boldness and aspiration. To feel and see the gradual layers of physical and mental effort build a foundation, which will later become something solid, something concrete and tangible.
“And indeed there will be time
To wonder, “Do I dare?” and, “Do I dare?””
Sometimes, it is the need to not be stagnant. I don’t want to be the same old me. Never changing—never becoming something worse—but also never becoming something better. To grow as a person we all must change, and what better to drive such evolution but the allure of achievement?
“Dare I disturb the universe?” — The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot
Unlike Prufrock, who was unable to so much as dare to admit his feelings to the woman he loved, there can be only one unequivocal answer to that question.
What are the challenges you are chasing? I’m seeking people to spotlight in upcoming blog posts! Comment below with some details and your contact info to be featured. I am hoping to keep this as an ongoing series so keep ‘em coming! You can also submit some details via the Submit An Article page.
*Cough. . . Prometheus did not endorse this message.