Life is so short. So very short. So short, it is over in the blink of an eye, the first note of a laugh, the wave of a morning tide. It is filled with trivial things, from exams to a mistake which causes you to lose a friend, for better or for worse. Yet, although these minuscule details make up a ‘bigger picture’, they affect us in a way which they should not. The frivolousness of some of the events which are utmost in our minds is shocking; life should not be spent focusing on the negative details, but on the positives, even if they may be minute in the grand spectrum of existence. For those little things, which seem so irrelevant and insignificant in the vacuum of the moment, are actually the most important, and the things we should treasure. Yes, the awful events we experience allow us to build ourselves up so that we are stronger in the face of the next challenge, but if we did not have those forward-looking aspects in our lives, those positive challenges, we would not see the stars in the darkened and infinite skies. And then, I must ask, what would be the point?
“You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world, but you do get some say in who hurts you.”
-Augustus Waters, The Fault in Our Stars
If we didn’t look up, we wouldn’t see the sun rise. We wouldn’t see the clouds float above as if they were a magnificent hallucination. We wouldn’t see the lone nightingale sitting in the tree and singing its small yet infinite lungs out as the sun sets over the seemingly endless horizon. So, to conclude, the only way is up.
And, to quote Augustus Waters, “I’m on a roller coaster that only goes up, my friend.”.