We’ve all heard that, what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.
Whether you are used to hearing this from your grandparent or from Kelly Clarkson, the old adage about doing difficult things in order to build character is a familiar one to most every one of us. And it is useful in many circumstances.
For example, when my left knee refused to stop violently sneaking around to the backside of my leg during some painful dislocations, a knee surgeon took “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” to a whole other level. He decided to slice off a chunk off of my shinbone, relocate it, and adjust how the rest of my tendons and ligaments moved. As a result, I can jump, lunge, squat, and otherwise move with ease.