This post today is focused more on life than on literary topics. Yes, I do think that literature is basically the thing that keeps me breathing, but we’ll forget that for right now. I’ve had a lot of people tell me that life is hard and you just have to make your way through it. I’m sure everyone has heard some variant of this before, and my family has had it’s fair share of difficult times. However, I don’t think think that we should simply wade through life to the end when we finally get a chance at rest.
Yes, there are bad things that happen in everyone’s lives, but there is also good, and if you spent all your time weighing the good versus the bad you would only find yourself in a well of misery. Ouch.
Showcasing my inner geek I picked out a quote from the T.V. series Dr. Who that pertains to this topic. Some think that the show is too outlandish for them, and at times it can be, but there are moments in the show where something is said that rings true about life, and this is the quote that I was reminded of when I was writing this post:
“The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and…bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don’t necessarily spoil the good things or make them unimportant.” -The Doctor
So, I encourage people to stop thinking they need to wade through life, or hoping it gets better some time in the not-so-distant future. The way it gets better is by cherishing those moments that make your heart stop with the joy of being alive. Remember that without the bad we wouldn’t appreciate the good. Don’t worry so much about figuring out life. It comes at it’s own pace, and we may never have life truly figured out, but that’s part of the adventure isn’t it?
Imagine if we were born knowing the secret to having a good life. We wouldn’t be able to look back on all the adventures, the mistakes, and the crazy ideas that turned into memories with the same joy. Life is about discovery, and at the heart of life we are striving to discover ourselves as we celebrate both the good and the bad, because that means we’re alive.
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