In sports, the word pressure is used liberally. We all know people in high-pressure jobs or situations. The question is what is pressure anyway?

In this context, it is used to describe harassment or oppression as dictionary.com would define it.

We talk a lot about external pressure, pressure from family, bosses, fans, peers, but is there really such a thing? Sure there are expectations and attempts to persuade, hassle and influence but is that really pressure? The thing we are really talking about is our reaction, our interpretation of our external world. That feeling we have that we rationalise into something that is real, that exists outside of us. Pressure is a very descriptive word that captures the tense and crushing feeling that can occur, but again, isn’t it just an interpretation?

In the grand scheme of things, there is no pressure. Pressure implies that we have many things exerting force upon us compelling us to act. The truth is, we don’t have to act. There is nothing that we have to do. If we don’t have to do anything then isn’t pressure meaningless? Granted this is an extremely nihilistic view, but can we use it to relieve some of the stresses and strains of our daily lives?

I think we can.