Life’s Obstacles

My son was at a trampoline park a few months ago, and I took this picture because it made me think of a concept I learned in a gamification class from Mario Herger last year.  As humans, we love challenging ourselves with obstacles.  Often times we find obstacles so engaging we will intentionally give ourselves challenges in order to see how far we can push ourselves, as well as how we compare to others when presented with obstacles.  Sometimes we enjoy obstacles so much, we will find overcoming such obstacles is the most rewarding part of what we are looking to accomplish.  The designers of golf courses create sand traps in locations of the course that create obstacles to make a difficult game even more difficult.  When the kids in the photo were given a foam pit to jump into, they found merely jumping into the pit wasn’t fun, or challenging enough, so they built a foam wall to try and jump over.  In life, do you have a foam wall to challenge you? If you do have a wall, is it challenging enough to push yourself to heights you didn’t know you were capable?

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