Pleasure vs. Pain...
The pleasure of finding a career that you enjoy vs. the pain of not making the money you deserve and work hard for, or at least at first~
The pleasure of finding rhythm, cooking in a kitchen and all that it entails vs. the pain of not having a social life(hard change)~
The pleasure of being good at what you do vs. the pain of having to serve time in the passion prison you dwell~
The pleasure of cooking in itself vs. the pain of the business~
The pleasure of being part of something great and awesome, similar to that of a rock and roll band vs. the pain of the potential, inherit and probable addiction to drugs, alcohol & substance abuse~
The pleasure of a craft and career that you find redeeming and satisfying vs. the strain and agony it can place on a relationship or marriage~
The pleasure of cooking with great ingredients with a great team of passionate people wanting to do nothing more than the most awesome of food vs. the pain of cost constraints and general realities of the business~
The pleasure of working towards perfection and being the best vs. the pain of knowing those dear to you suffer and pay the price for you not being there with them~
The pleasure of making your guests happy vs. the price one can pay to do so~
The pleasure of the euphoric feeling pertaining to the creation of food and the passion it envelops vs. the pain of knowing that you will never reach your nirvana~
The pleasure of bestowing your heart and soul through your craft and cooking to a guest vs. the pain of knowing some will never get it~
The pleasure of truly making someone happy vs. the pain of only thinking you are or have been...only to find out you didn't hit the mark~
The list goes on and on for sure, but I think you can see the picture and understand the thought. In the end...I take the bitter with the sweet... the good with the bad... and of course, the pain with the pleasure! Good times!