Today’s Topic: The Highs and Lows We All Experience
Life is a series of highs and lows. We all feel happy, we all feel sad. Sometimes we feel one more than the other throughout times in our lives, and sometimes we forgot how one of them feels at all because so much time has passed since we last felt it. Yet, for life to be an enriching experience, it’s necessary to feel highs and lows. Without feeling sadness, it would be quite difficult to be happy, and without having experienced happiness, sadness would be a foreign concept.
Without sadness, you wouldn’t know how great it feels to be happy. Without happiness, you wouldn’t know how soul-crushing it can feel to be sad. If life was a constant stream of highs or lows (as in one without the other), then life itself would lose a lot of its meaning.
If someone was born without a want in the world and always got whatever their heart desired whenever they wanted it without delay, they would feel quite unfulfilled. They might not appreciate what they have, or understand that they have it so well because they’ve never suffered a day in their lives. Conversely, if someone had a horrible life with no hope of breaking free, they might not view their situation so badly because it’s all that they know. Ignorance would be their bliss.
If you were to switch the two people in the example above after they’ve spent the entire first half of their lives in constant highs or lows, their entire outlooks on life would drastically change. Sure, the person who had it worse would suddenly have anything they ever wanted, but it would also show them how horrible their life was before the change. The person who switched from high to low might actually feel relief at having to struggle to survive after a life of being handed everything without question.
Even if we feel stuck in a pit of lows from time to time, it’s because of those lows that the highs feel so much greater when we reach them. Conversely, if we never had the lows in our lives, the highs wouldn’t be as satisfying or fulfilling.