Who could it be but someone who knows pain intimately. So I figure the journeymen of pain would include athletes, soldiers, other people who have “heavy-lifting” jobs (think cherry pickers and housekeepers) and people like me, the afflicted.
It’s true I have been giving a good deal of thought to the possibilities presented by chronic pain. I say “chronic” and I mean I no longer consider it a sure thing that I’ll have another pain-free day.
A pain-free day; by this I mean I wake up pain free. It’s been over a year since the last one. On such days in the near past, I’ve been giddy, silly, gleeful. It’s magical. It would be a new lease on life if it lasted more than a day. If it even lasts that long.
So I figure this gives me credibility to talk about pain. But I’m no expert on the science of pain, I have not studied the history of pain, and I have not found a solution for pain.
I asked a few athletes if there is a way to use the pain. They said you can only ignore the pain, but you can’t use it. I was disappointed by their response. So I put it to you, my friends:
Can pain be solved? And if not, can it be used? And is ignoring it the only sane option?