It is said that the best horses lose when they compete with slower ones, and win against better rivals. Under compensation from the absence of a stressor, inverse hormesis, absence of challenge, degrades the best of the best. In Baudelaire's poem, The albatross' giant wings prevent him from walking - many do better in Calculus 103 than Calculus 101.
“Equally damaging is our insistence that ￼all bodies should be healthy. Health is not a state we owe the world. We are not less valuable, worthy, or lovable because we are not healthy.”
Sonya Renee Taylor