A recent comment sparked motivation to write about the wonders of life.
As I see it, Earth is pretty close to Heaven as it is. We’ve got great challenges here, action, adventure, the stuff of movies that people fork out real money to watch. We’ve got trials and tribulations, love, hate, joy, anger, thrills, fears and even relaxing boredom. We enjoy the luxury of all the human emotions. We play them out. We take responsibility, we shirk responsibilities, we stress and get worked up, we’ve got real, engaging problems, sorrows and sense of mastery, crashes and the proud feeling of overcoming hardship. We get to work on life, set goals and to feel valuable. All this living has an enormous potential for liking and enjoyment. It’s massive. And something for every taste.
I wouldn’t want it much different, really. A world without downs has no real ups. The light stands out because of the darkness, and without the darkness, there is no amateur astronomy – or finding one’s own way back to the brighter days. If everyone would win, then the soccer games would suck. The balance of good and bad, love and hate, war and peace, good and evil, dark and light all makes for an interesting playing field where we get to strive for the good while enjoying the journey. And while we allow ourself to be tricked into believing that the goal is the destination, we may learn that the journey is the real destination, and that is truly worth loving. And every 70 years or so we get to reboot the game.