A couple of days back a 58-year old woman told me this.
“That was a bad year. So much had happened and then my dad died in November. So in December, I decided to throw a party to turn the year around. I needed an occasion to celebrate so I decided to marry Richard. We had been living together for 7 years, so it was just a matter of signing some papers.”
It struck me then. Sometimes, the only way to ride pain is to allow yourself to be happy (again). Pain takes ages, if at all, to feel less raw. But, happiness, needs less than a split second to hit you and for you to feel euphoria.
Your grandparents can pass on within a space of 3 days. Your dad, who has been the sole breadwinner for over 30 years, can pass on after being admitted just for pneumonia. Your brother who was on the flight back home for the holidays can go missing without a trace. Bad things happen to people all the time. That is just the way life unfolds.
It might be incredibly hard, but try and look beyond the pain and tears. Happiness may lie just around the corner. So, don’t be too quick to let the pain engulf you. After all, you never know where your next happiness is going to come from.
Let’s ride pain with happiness, shall we?