Pain should be avoided but not feared. It is a great signal if and when something physically or psychologically happens to you. But fearing it will lock you into your comfort zone, or — to use Carol Dwecks idea of the mindset — it locks you into a fixed mindset, trying to protect the status quo. But doing so creates an illusion because pain will find you eventually because things fail. So you’re better off being on good terms with it and experience many small occurrences that act as an early warning and detection system. Trust your mind and body to handle the pain as well as the reaction to it in the best possible way for you and live. Fear does not prevent pain, just life.

Thomas Schindler