Want to Know How to Get Rid of Pain?

Spencer Spring
3 min readJul 20, 2020

You have to apply pressure.

Photo by Brook Anderson on Unsplash

It dawned on me while I was cutting my morning avocado.

Pushing the knife in a bit too deep, I wound up cutting the tip of my right pinky. I immediately recognized the sting, and found myself disheveled on how I would finish cutting my avocado (my eggs had just finished cooking) while tending to my wounds.

See, I consider myself a “safe” chef. I don’t get too testy with my recipes, and always take my time when prepping in order to avoid incidents a grâce à an avocado.

In my momentary search for optimal action, my younger and more daring self reminded me of how I tended to bleeding before:

“Get a band-aid, and apply pressure to the wound.”

Safe to say, I enjoyed my morning eggs with a paper towel pressed around my pinky.

It’s Not Just For Physical Pain

After my breakfast I began thinking of how this simple rule has applied beyond minor kitchen accidents.

I -like everyone else- has been hurt beyond just physical, but emotionally and mentally too. I’ve dealt with severe depression, and constant suicide ideation (and before you ask, yes I’m better now).

So I began reflecting:

How has a form of pressure helped me get through my emotional depths?

How has pressure pushed me to keep going in times when I felt not enough?

Here’s some of the things I concluded.

It’s Good to have a Goal

Look, I know this might seem obvious to some of you, but for a 20 year old beginning to enter the “real world”? It’s something we need to hear.

It may seem simple, but it’s true. Our days have no meaning until we give it one. Waking up each morning and setting a small goal for yourself allows you to feel accomplished once finally completing it.

These don’t even have to be huge goals. It can be something as simple as reading outside for an hour, or taking time to appreciate your surroundings.

Most importantly, these goals have to be centered around you.

Do Everything With…

Spencer Spring

Favors the blue M&M, believed bagel was spelled “bagle” until age 19, 4th-year English major at UCLA.