The worst pain I've ever felt was when I crashed snowboarding, broke some ribs, and popped a hole in my lung. It created a panic in me that I had never experienced before. I had broken ribs before but I realized quickly that this was different. Something was wrong. An ambulance ride down the mountain, a three day hospital stay, and some hefty medical bills later I was on the mend. But the pain lingered for months. The second worst pain I feel is putting up with John and Greg for a few hours every two weeks while we record.
Pain is an interesting thing because two people can experience the same trauma but react and feel differently. Obviously some of it is based on our physical makeup. If The Rock and I were standing next to each other and someone walked up and punched us both in the stomach with equal force The Rock would be standing their laughing while I was on the ground writhing in pain. But there is also a mental component to it. They say our bodies can handle way more than we give them credit for but our minds go into self preservation mode and make us panic and thus feel the pain more intensely. It's our brain's way of saying, "Hey fucker, something is wrong here and we need to do something." At least, that's the way my brain talks to me. I assume everyone's inner voice is combative and belittling, right?
We're lucky that we have drugs today. We have Advil and Tylenol to help cope with pain. For larger issues we have opioids, which obviously have caused huge problems worldwide but when used properly can be a godsend. We have experienced doctors with extensive medical knowledge to fix us up when we're broken. Can you imagine breaking your arm in the 1700's? Man that had to be rough. My accident would have killed me. And snowboarding was big back then. Little known fact: Catherine the Great could really shred.
- Kevin Rosenquist