“Stars can’t shine without darkness”
― D.H. Sidebottom, Fragile Truths
That is the good news if you are going through difficult times.
I remember when I was a child, and I was outside playing in the cold bitter snow, I remember the Christmas lights glowing dimly under that white blanket. The night was completely still, and it was so quiet it felt as if the world was standing still. The darkness glowed from the reflections of the trillions of iced geometric mirrors. I had my sled with me, and I was going down a small little hill that was a couple of neighborhoods away. I would make a mini snow man at the bottom of the slope, and then when I went down on my sled I would run it over. I thought it was funny, don’t judge me too hard, I was only in second grade. My face was beginning to turn numb from the bitter wind, and I could barely feel my fingers and toes. It was time for me to go home. I began thinking about the muppets, and how much I enjoyed the color of Kermit’s shade of green and his funny looking ping-pong eyes. I knew they had a Christmas special on and I didn’t want to miss it. I walked home, and felt I was not going to make it, because the sweat on my head, hands, and feet froze, and I was colder then I could ever remember.
When I finally did reach my house, the windows glowed an inviting color, and my mother greeted me with a warm hot chocolate. I was young, but I remember appreciating the heat. I could not have appreciated the heat so much, if I did not come from the night’s cold grasp.
It reminds of my depression, it is those who suffer the most that feel the most. And when the sun finally does break through the clouds, and you feel the warmth of the sun shine on your face, the relief is almost poetic, at least for me.
The quote above reminded me of such a time, and it makes me happy to know that when I am sad, it will not last forever, and when I finally do feel good I will not take it for granted.
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