5 Lessons Learned from Tweeting & Blogging in Pain

Disclosure:  I had surgery recently and am back on prescription Vicodin after trying to get off the pain meds too quickly.  I’m learning some new lessons and think they might be applicable to everyday life.  Hear me out.

We can learn something from my pain.

Here is what I notice as I try to work through the pain and medication:

  • I forget things and I repeat myself.
  • I won’t say things as well as I could if I wasn’t in pain or medicated.
  • I use bad grammer.
  • I get distracted from what I’m working on.
  • I repeat myself after I forget I already said something.

I ramble on.

I wonder if we all make similar mistakes when coping with the pain of going through a breakup, dealing with death, losing business (or a job), or facing other severe challenges in life.

Many try medicating the pain away so they don’t feel it.

Others try ignoring it until they break.

Some try both.

Of course surgery is one thing and life is another.  However, when we see a fellow warrior struggling to get back up after a painful incident, we should help.  For those of us in pain, we should accept help.

We can’t afford to ignore it. We don’t have time to waste.

All of us are guaranteed pain in life.

It’s how we deal with it that determines our future.  We can’t do it alone.

Have a pain-free night,


PS. If you’re curious how I’ve been tweeting, feel free to follow me at my @Biebert account. Unfortunately, the new new twitter won’t let me reply twice, so I’ve left some of the bad tweets. I probably should take the advice of my doctor and sleep more, tweet less. Let me know what you think.

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Published by Aaron Biebert

I'm a director, film/video exec producer, leader & 8pm Warrior. I am passionately chasing my goals at all times. I'm listening. Let's talk!

14 comments on “5 Lessons Learned from Tweeting & Blogging in Pain”

  1. So true! I’m one of those who ends up looking and sounding crazy because I don’t see what others see, my perspective is limited. And I just keep going no matter what. Thank goodness I have a sense of humor and can laugh at myself and the ridiculous things that I say and do when life gets complicated! Thanks for being so honest Aaron. Good luck with the sleep thing!

  2. Emerson said “suffering teaches nothing,” but it’s one of the instances where I don’t agree with him. Pain has a lot to teach if you pay attention.

    Pain is often a sign that something in your body isn’t working properly. Pain is your body’s way of shouting at you, “there’s a problem. You have to take care of me now.”

    A few years ago I had a girlfriend who did Tae Kwon Do. Her coach told the class, “Pain is your ally.” Indeed, pain is the body’s early warning system. 

    Mental suffering is useful too, if you act on it. It can emerge from a variety of causes, overwhelming exhaustion among them. The early stages of a circumstantial depression are an ideal moment to stop, take stock and rethink your approach to things.

    Pain also teaches you how much you need people in your life. Add suffering to loneliness and what you get is a nightmare.

    What you said is true: we should accept help. We can’t do it alone.

    1. I completely disagree with Emerson.  Not only does pain teach you, but it makes us grow stronger.

      Thanks for the comment and for being their when I was in pain.  I’m back in action now and wanted to thank you.

  3. Sometimes us warriors have to “play hurt” both physically & mentally.

    For me recently it was physical… due to uncontrollable headaches.
    I couldn’t sleep, could barely function during the day, could barely drive at night (sensitive to the headlights)… 

    But I had promises to keep and things that had to get done.

    But I was in agony and none of the OTC meds I took got rid of it, I was popping Excedrin and Advil like I had a PEZ dispenser. At best I could get it down to a manageable numbness if I maintained a high enough dosage in my system. 

    Fortunately for me it turned out it was too much caffeine in my diet.

    But I have to admit I’ve had my share (and then some) of the emotional and mental wounds, some of which have been self-inflicted.

    Over the years I have worried that I was “not measuring up” as the father & husband I want to be… I have fought with the idea that I was not “getting the job done” as a business owner… I have struggled with  doubts and questions like “do I deserve to be successful.”

    In order to stay strong in those times I look to people and stories to inspire me and lift me up. I remind myself that the path of the warrior is often through the heart of the battlefield. 

    I remind myself that I am part of the fellowship of the entrepreneur:

    The die has been cast. I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone. The decision has been made.

    I won’t look back, let up, slow down or back away.

    My past cannot hurt me. My present cannot define me. My future cannot contain me.

    I’m finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, faithless dreams, mundane talking, cheap excuses, and dwarfed goals.

    My face is set, my pace is fast. My road is narrow, my way is tough.

    My friends are few, my mentors are many. My purpose is pure and my mission is clear.

    I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded, delayed or denied.

    I’ll not flinch in the face of sacrifice, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

    I won’t give up, shut up, let up until I’ve stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, and stood up for the right to determine my own destiny.

    I will fight when others faint, go when others won’t, give ‘til I drop, and work ‘til the task is finished.

    And when the smoke of battle clears, I will still be standing among the victorious.

    1. James, I took a couple days off to fully recover and when I got the email notice of your comment, it gave me joy.  You get it.

      “..the path of the warrior is often through the heart of the battlefield.”

      This is so true.  There’s no way around it and I’m so proud that you kept on going when you were doubting.  Doubting is good.  It’s how you know you’re pushing yourself hard enough.

      Thanks so much for this great comment.  Probably one of the top 10 comments I’ve ever ready.  Personal, insightful, inspiring.

      Thanks man.   

  4. Aaron,

    I’m sorry to read about your back. I hope you feel better soon. 

    We do sometimes have to work through the pain. However, other times we might do everyone a favor by just slowing down and taking care of ourselves. 

    I trust you will determine which time you’re in.



    1. Hi Kenna,

      I’m feeling much better this evening and am now off the medication.  Time to play catch-up now.  :-)

      Thanks for the thoughts and I appreciate the balance that you urge in your comment.  Good things to remember.

  5. Darling Aaron.

    You probably know what I’m going to say, even in your medicated state.

    Your body is trying to tell you something. Listen to it. 

    It would be a great Christmas present to your many friends, I’m sure, if we all could imagine you taking care of yourself :) 

    1. Margie, I took your advice for once and had a couple days off to rest.  All I did was a couple tweets.

      I’m feeling much better this evening and am off the pain medication.  I want to thank you for your thoughtful comment.  You are one of the sweetest people on the internet.

  6. Yes back is neck,
    at first it had to be numbed with morphine pills, 
    after a few weeks could move again and some feeling came back in
    the legs, electric current helped to get off the deeper pain, slowly
    after months could get out bed try to stand up on both feet.
    got over hernia by moving –> my kids purchased 2 huskies
    (not 1..  2) now go run daddy.

    yes, now refuse to take pills, they are a wonder if you are in agony
    but if you want to get back into remembering what you just wanted
    to write, say, or if you are a programmer who needs to write code
    the medication puts you in a handicap

    these dogs are a life safer, at first it was impossible for me to walk
    with them but my kids (4 boys)  put me on a skateboard and pushed me along in the caravan of beast and men.

    Now I know what fear is at night on how your family will be if you
    are gone, for it is as death full stop of your life, not be able to move but know there is light at the end of the tunnel if you use your time to
    make use of your inner strength and the good intention of people.

    At least you learn what is essence at who are good friends.
    You be surprised on essentials :-)


    1. Themelis, I can completely empathize with your situation.  Pain pills are nice for the pain, but bad for work.  Sometimes us 8pm Warriors need to work, no matter what.
      It’s a difficult situation.

      As you said, it’s great to see who are true friends.  Thanks for being here.  Thanks for your comment.

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