In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on
– Robert Frost (American Poet)
In 25 years of life I have come to learn what Robert Frost has so easily defined; that life really does go on.
Whilst it can be summed up very nicely, the idea of this endurance of life can be both a blessing and a curse.
Yes, accepting that it goes on is something that will help you to move on from life’s struggles; something that will help you to progress past mistakes, and incidents of hurt, but sometimes, it is an idea that makes you feel insignificant.
The world doesn’t stop turning on its axis around the sun, and the rest of the population do not stop to pass on their sympathies because you are grieving one aspect of your life; no matter how much turmoil you are in.
We’d never get anything done if we had to stop every time someone was dealing with an emotional trauma.
So whilst you may feel that your world has come crashing down, for others it is still going. Your pain and struggles are not significant enough to make the world come to a standstill.
If we look a little deeper, and think about when we may pass away, even then, the world will still continue, as it always has done. We may be remembered by a few loved ones but it won’t be long until we are forgotten.
It is a sad thought, but it is one we need to accept. Life goes on; it constantly changes, making way for new generations, new ideas, new histories. Accepting it, and seeing it in a positive way, ensures that we do not dwell on the things that bring our world to a short stop. It is a mind-set that allows us to accept that bad things happen, and that maybe better will come.
It is a philosophy that keeps us moving forward on our short journey through time; one that will hopefully open ourselves up to experience all that life has to offer, and ultimately proceed through death, happy but humbled.