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 does fly by. 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 thing you must experience yourself to believe.
As humans, we are constantly looking for shortcuts to get us ahead. We believe that it will last forever once we reach a “happy state” in life. However, that is different from 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 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 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 appreciate better the times when we are happy. It is easy to have tunnel vision and fixate on working towards a happy or dream life. That is correct. You should work hard to achieve the life you want to live, but know there will be ups and downs. Remember not to get so far ahead 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 your day goes by so fast that taking it all in on your wedding day is hard. They recommend taking “mental pictures” of moments throughout the day, so you will always have those to reflect on. 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; they can soon change, so remember to savor them!