Ever heard of the lobster theory?
Everyone at some point will go through some level of stress, whether a child needing attention, adolescence going through college and exams, to adults and all the stresses that come from that, but… not all stress is so terrible.
Take our humble lobster… we can learn a great deal about stress from these creatures. For a lobster to grow and develop, they must go through copious amounts of stress and pressure.
Inside the shell of a lobster is a mushy animal, now whilst they may be mushy on the inside, their shells stay the same.
Now as the lobster grows it become confined, uncomfortable and pressure starts to build within the shell.
So, what do they do?
They release their shell and hide under coral formations so not to be eaten. Thank goodness we don’t have THAT kind of stress… talk about being vulnerable.
Whilst they are hiding, they form their new shell, but, in time that shell too will become tight and pressure once again will start building up.
Lets say now, the lobster could go to the doctor and pick up some stress reliving medication, they wouldn’t ever feel stress or feel the need to ditch their shell.
The idea is that in times of adversity, stress and feeling uncomfortable, we can learn, create and develop a better self-awareness, so that we too can grow through times of adversity.