As a kid, when an adult tells you that life is short, you think (or at least I did), “yeah, right.” I felt like the school year lasted forever, so how could life move fast? If life moved fast, then so would the school year. However, as I have gotten older (ugh), I found that sentiment to be true. Life really does fly by. I feel like I am not that far from high school or college. They both went by in the blink of an eye. Everyone told me it would, but it is one of those things you have to experience yourself, to believe.

As humans, we are constantly looking for shortcuts to get us ahead. We believe once we reach a “happy state” in life, it will last forever. However, that is not how it works. Like anger and/or sadness, happiness is a fleeting feeling or emotion. If you think about it, you are never just one emotion all of the time. This is good; no one deserves to be angry or sad all the time (if you feel you are, please head over to the resource page and get help immediately – there is a better way); however, the same rule applies to happiness. It seems only logical that all emotions function in the same way.

I hate to burst anyone’s bubble if this idea is new to you. However, this is part of what makes the human experience so beautiful. We are sad, angry, etc., to better appreciate the times when we are happy. It is easy to have tunnel vision and fixate on working towards a happy or dream life. Not to say that is necessarily wrong. You should work hard to achieve the life you want to live, but know there will be ups and downs. Remember to not get so far ahead of yourself that you forget to take in the present moment. Take in the bright flowers that bloom this Spring/Summer, smell the ice cream when getting your favorite treat at your local shop, and remember how you felt in those moments.

People tell you that your day goes by so fast it is hard to take it all in on your wedding day. They recommend taking “mental pictures” of moments throughout the day, so you will always have those to think back upon. I think the same rule applies to life as a whole. We cannot remember every experience, but when you are happy, don’t forget to take those mental pictures to look back upon, especially when sad and/or angry.

This, too, shall pass. If you’re at a challenging point in your life, trust that it can turn around quickly. The same applies to happy moments in life; they can soon change, so remember to savor them!