“Challenge Accepted”

   I’ve mentioned in my post about the movie Anon that the detectives appeared to be excited when they had to catch a killer not that easy to catch. This concept is very easy to be seen in the TV series Sherlock where Sherlock Holmes states and shows whenever he got the chance how excited he gets when he has to solve a tricky crime. Of course it’s only movies, but this made me wonder if we sometimes feel the need to have something provoking in our lives either good or bad even though we sometimes know if we cannot “win”.

   Life would be very boring without challenges, don’t you think? We would just sit around every day doing the same easy things with no reasons to grow. Could evolution be possible without challenges? Would we grow if we don’t have something to determine us to grow? A great challenge brings a great amount of stress especially if we have no idea how to approach it, so could we grow without stress? It’s pretty interesting if we think about this because we mostly see stress for the negativity that brings into our lives, so the next question is: can stress be positive?

   When we encounter a new problem we need to get creative in order to solve it. We need to search and find within ourselves the best strategies in order to solve that challenge. A problem is usually a challenge with the potential of a negative outcome. We usually don’t get excited when we have problems in our lives so maybe if we could label problems as challenges we would have different perspectives about the situations we face. We try to run away from problems because we or someone else gets to have negative feelings along the way and this cannot be good, but it can still determine growth even though we cannot see it in that moment (the loss of a dear one is never “fun” or good, but in the end, it can strengthen the family by opening some eyes about what’s truly important in life).

   I think that we need challenges in our lives so we can link some dots that were never there before but which will be from now on. Of course, it would be interesting if we could choose the challenges we face, but that might be a way for us to choose the easiest ones and our evolution might be slower (and probably less stressful and occasionally painful).

   Do you think we need challenges in our lives? If so, which ones do you believe to be the most provoking?

23 thoughts on ““Challenge Accepted”

  1. I think everyday is a challenge in today’s world but the most importat one that we face everyday , every moment is to be a better version of ourselves. Challenge to make every day better than yesterday, every moment better than before.

  2. We absolutely do need challenges in order to grow. I think the most important challenges are the ones that trigger a negative response or fear in us, because that usually means there’s some deep-seated emotional issues that are being triggered.

  3. Hi DM. This speaks to the competitive nature of humanity. I’m planning to write about this stuff, and I’ve scheduled for this post to be reblogged regardless if I write more about it or not. Lol

      1. My post may or may not be helpful, but your blog certainly is. As I’m trying to set up and organise my website blog thingy, this “pointless overthinking” has been a massive well of… everything. That helps me to articulate and express the clusterfuck miscellany that is me. Lol.

      2. I really love the fact that this “thing” is helpful for people. That’s the main idea 🙂

  4. Yes, we need challenges for growth. For me, the most provoking challenges are health related. I’m continually researching in order to improve my health both mentally and physically.

  5. “Everyday on the path least traveled brings change, that change presents a new challenge, mentally and physically… as to how to accept it and deal with it, determines what I am to become, generates an excitement about living a second of time and looking forward to what the next second of time brings, a day filled with adventure and mystery.” Larry “Dutch” Woller

  6. All I can say is – read Howard Bloom’s “The Lucifer Principle”. He talks about necessary struggle and conflict in terms of evolution, so it’s pretty spot on. Plus the title keeps people in coffee shops from bothering you when you read.

    1. Awesome! Thank you for sharing this! I’ve heard about this book, but I’ve never had the chance to read it. It’s on my to-do list 🙂

  7. I think challenges are very important in our lives, it keeps us on our toes, some challenges can be fun, some we learn from and some of course disastrous, but all in all even to gather a greater mind, challenges are indeed part of our life’s and we don’t even know it xx

  8. I really liked this because I agree we get lost in the negative feelings with challenges and not the positive like the opportunity to learn new things or ways and the ability to grow and expand our skills. I’m taking college media art classes and every time we get a project the first feeling is ‘oh boy, I’m nervous’ then I change it to ‘game on, let’s do this’.

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