I'm sure many of you heard about this story today. There are two families in Pakistan that have a defective gene for a protein essential for the neurotransmitters that activate pain receptors in the brain. To put it plainly, they don't feel pain. None.
So you might think this would be a cool defect, but in reality it really would suck. Pain is a good thing. It warns us when we're doing something stupid. Like racing a bike for 12 hours or crashing after trying to ride something out of our ability.
After reading the article, I wondered how my life would be different if I had this mutation. What would I do now if I had this mutation? Well, I probably would have killed myself a long time ago. Much like the 14 year old afflicted with this defect after he jumped off the roof of his house (I'm sure on a dare).
So what's one thing I would do now if I had this mutation for only a day? Not sure, but I can think of a few things.
*get a tattoo
*walk on hot coals
*fight Mike Tyson
*run a marathon
*get a deep tissue massage
*wax my legs
*shoot 1,000 rounds with high powered rifles
*jump off the top deck of Woods pool
*take 10,000 cuts in a batting cage
*ride my bike 24 hours straight
How about you?