Yin yang– how polar or seemingly contrary forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world, and how they give rise to each other in turn. Opposites thus only exist in relation to each other.
The older I get, the more I come to understand the truth of this. I believe we can appreciate the sweet things life has to give us, but I also believe we can appreciate them all the more when we experience life’s lows. In it’s most simplistic form–sleeping in one day per week is so much more valuable when we get up early the other six; a good race is sweeter thanks to the bad race that preceded it; the occasional indulgence is more appreciated because we eat clean 99 percent of the time.
I have led a blessed, happy life. Yes, I’ve worked hard for much of what I have, but lots of it was handed to me. My life has always been so good, in fact, that I’m always kind of waiting for a shoe to drop.
A shoe has dropped and of late, I’ve come to appreciate my fortune all the more. My mom was recently diagnosed with round three of cancer and her future is unclear. She’s such a strong woman and has always fought hard; I know she’ll continue that this time. But watching her, and my dad, go through this, is tough.
The clarity I get from this is that we do need to recognize and hold onto those good times. They can pass pretty quickly if we’re not careful. So savor the moments when:
- Our loved ones are healthy and we get to enjoy their company
- Our kids are thriving
- We’re healthy and training and in great shape
- We have good jobs
- We have the ability and means to take part in sports we love
Yin yang–life’s lows let us appreciate how sweet the highs can be.