Joy lies in the fight, in the attempt, in the suffering involved, not in the victory itself”Mahatma Gandhi
I have to admit, as a creative individual I have experienced ups and downs of emotions, which over time, I have come to learn is quite natural and useful in creativity; yet after suffering depression I found that I was afraid that I may revert back to depression, when I felt low, as I feared that I would slide all the way back down into the abyss and not be able to get back up again.
Mahatma Gandhi’s quote helps me weather the ups, the downs, and see it as the process and the work I experience within the fight or attempt to move to victory. That is where real life happens. I believe that I can trust in the cycles of life: in the ups and the downs because it continuously moves back and forth. My life is not bland or mediocre. This is how I learnt to cope with the swings of emotions: knowing that life is not stagnant and will always have the ups and the downs. Some positions in life feel or “look” better than other positions. This poem I wrote almost a decade past explains:
Swings of ups and downs in life
I have never quite lost the enjoyment I had as a child, when playing in the park. I still like to swing on the swings. I also dabble in photography. One time, as I was swinging, I began to observe which view point would be the best vantage for a photo: high up, and then low down, high up again; close up, then far away, then close up again; this is what I noticed as I swung. Then I realized that this is just like life. My life is held up by the Branch which is firm and steadfast but the cycles of "ups and downs" are like the swinging to and fro. Some aspects are worthy of taking a photo, others are not noteworthy, while still others are just plain ugly. But I know, just as the swing swings, that life will change and become better again, worthy of the photo shot. Sometime ago, while I told a friend of mine about these ups and downs of life, I used this analogy to explain how I cope when things get tough. Such it is: the swings of ups and downs in life. My life is not bland or mediocre.
Take care today, whatever you are doing and hold on tight.