In Biosphere 2 there were trees that were able to grow faster than they would in the wild. But they never reached maturity because before they could reach that stage, they would collapse.
The reason for the collapse was something the scientists were very surprised to discover. Lack of wind. Biosphere 2 had no wind. In the wild, wind is constantly moving trees and this creates some stress in the trees’ load bearing structure. To compensate for this, trees grow something called “reaction wood” (or “stress wood”). This type of wood has a different structure than the rest of the tree’s wood and is able to position the tree optimally so that it receives proper light and other resources. Without wind to add some stress to the tree, the tree does not position itself well and it simply collapses due to lack of proper resources.
We are like trees and the wind is like the challenges that come up in life. We need these challenges to move us to improve and to build better versions of ourselves.
I don’t know about you, but personally, life has thrown me plenty of challenges. And if I am completely honest, it can be very very tiring at times. But the truth is that without these challenges I would not have become the person I am today and that would have been a shame. It would have been a complete waste of a life had I not gone through those hard times. So I am also grateful.
But what should you do if life hasn’t thrown your way a lot of challenges. To be clear, everyone has challenges to deal with and we can never judge what someone else is going through, however let’s also be honest and agree that some people have less challenges to deal with than others. Even if only subjectively.
The solution to that is simple, search for discomfort. The stress from the added discomfort will help you grow. You don’t need to lose all your savings, live in the street and give up all relationships. Even small discomforts can start to move you in the right direction.
I wish you and me that we continue on this journey to becoming our best selves and living our best lives.