Pain was funny when I was a kid. In cartoons, characters are crushed, blasted and catapulted into oblivion. They always emerge unharmed, without a scratch. Dazed and confused, yes. But ready to spring into action for their next escapade.
When Pain Was Funny
Back in the day, I loved to watch Dr. Smith complaining and whining on a popular TV show called, “Lost in Space”. He had two famous sayings that I repeated often.
And then he’d scream like a girl. “Aaagh! There’s a monster in my bed.”
And, of course, after tackling some alien menace, he would say, “Oh the pain, the pain.”
Hilarious! I loved to laugh at his constant insulting remarks to his robot companion.
But Seriously, Real Pain Is Never Funny
Now that I’m older, pain is not so funny. Especially when I’m the one experiencing it. There’s no such thing as pretending it didn’t happen or going with the standard, “I’m fine.”
The emotional upset of losing has to be acknowledged and dealt with. When you’re feeling lost or weakened, don’t let the enemy or your opposition get in your head.
My latest cartoon (below) deals with the pain of losing. Some situations are easy to deal with. Other situations cause pain that lasts a lifetime. Like when former UFC champion Jose Aldo got knocked out in 13 seconds by Conor “the Notorious” McGregor.
Don’t try to go it alone
Find someone who can help. Stay connected to people who can support you and help you regain your firm foundation.
What’s your approach to handling your emotional responses?