By: Megan Wordsworth, Guest Blogger
Navigating through the ups and downs in life knowing that the pain we feel will pass.
Going through the deep valleys in life can be tough. I am not going to lie; I feel, as if, I have been in a valley for years now. I’m beginning to wonder what a peak looks like! It wasn’t until I read my devotion this morning that I realized that everyone goes through times like that in life. Even though I’m clouded by what only seems like darkness, there are also many, MANY blessings in my life. It is hard to remember that life is not black and white nor all or nothing, but filled with contrasts and paradoxes.
Now I am not saying to stuff your feelings or pretend that everything is going great. I believe that everyone should be able to address difficult times in his or her lives. For some reason our society feels the need to hide their true feelings, as we are often times fearful that it will come across as pessimistic. This only makes matters worse! I still hide my feelings sometimes, and trust me, I NEVER feel better after doing it!
Because everyone has hard times it is perfectly acceptable to address the difficult times, but not dwell on one-sided way of thinking. It is possible to have sorrow and joy at the same time. To better sum up what I mean, here is one of my favorite quotes from Austin Nichols regarding emotion, "I feel like people get lost when they think of happiness as a destination. We're always thinking that someday we'll be happy, when we get that car, or that job, or that person in our lives that will fix everything. But happiness is a mood and it's a condition, not a destination. It's like being tired or hungry. It's not permanent. It comes and goes, and that's okay. And I feel like if people thought of it that way, they'd find happiness.”
It is easy to believe that happiness is a final destination, but it is just a state of being just like sadness, anger, love, and hatred. So when you are down in despair and cannot seem to find the light at the end of the tunnel, remember that emotions come and go. They will never have a lasting impression, and as Frank Sinatra said, “The Best is Yet to Come!”
Let's Chat! How do you approach your happiness and life journey? Are you someone only happiest at peaks or can you appreciate the valleys too? Tell us about it here!
Megan is a student in the Honors Communication program at the University of North Carolina in Wilmington, with the hope of gaining a career in the Entertainment Industry. As Vice-President of the North Carolina chapter of Project Heal, Megan is on a mission to spread positive body awareness. She has also worked as a background actor on the sets of Revenge, One Tree Hill, Under the Dome, Sleepy Hollow, and Nicholas Sparks’ The Longest Ride. She spends her free time baking delicious gluten free treats and watching reruns of her favorite show, One Tree Hill.