One of my many hundreds, perhaps thousands, of
painful moments outdoors.
I am not remarkable.
Let me tell you, I still cry on really tall exposed rock climbs. I huff and puff and get all red faced while hiking. I hate being cold. The difference between them and me is just a practiced mindset. Many people call this mindset 'grit.'
Grit is mental fortitude and resiliency. With practice, it becomes an automatic emotional response that kicks in whenever you need it.
Grit is like any muscle- the more you use it, the stronger it gets. Unlike a muscle, it is a bit trickier to activate.