What if we could look objectively at the pain and hurt of life? Could we, like a wine critic, take time to reflect on its different nuances, rolling them around our palettes?
This guy here, the one with the big, black ant on his nose, and the enormous grin plastered across his face, makes me think that we might be able to do just that.
Let me introduce you to Justin Schmidt, a.k.a. The King of Stings; an entomologist from Arizona.
Having allowed himself to be stung thousands of times (yes, thousands dear friend) by over 80 of the world’s most venomous insects, he’s become famous for developing the Schmidt Pain Scale that categorizes the pain these creepy crawlies inflict.
Not only is he able to objectively dissect the agony, and rate it on a scale of 0 to 4, he adds descriptions that wouldn’t be out of place on a nice bottle of Pinot Noir. To give you an idea of quite how mad this man is, here are two of my favorite descriptions from his book The King of Stings.
When stung by the bald face hornet, he described the pain as
“Rich, hearty, slightly crunchy. Similar to having your hand smashed in a revolving door.”
and the Eastern yellow jacket was
“Hot and smoky, almost irreverent. Imagine W.C. Fields extinguishing a cigar on your tongue.”
Pain, either physical or emotional, seems to be as much a part of life as breathing and the Kardashians doesn’t it?
So how can crazy Dr Schmidt, with his wild pain descriptions and agony scale, help us deal with the kinds of hurt and pain inflicted by life’s ups and downs?Continue Reading