OPINION: All tears in moderation

www.kentwired.com – RSS Results in opinion* of type article “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy.’ They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” — John Lennon.You’ve inevitably heard the above quote at some point in your time here, probably on Reddit or Facebook or some other social media sharing site. It’s attributed to John Lennon, and so the quote probably has some sort of black and white photo along with it of the man himself gazing pensively out into the middle distance. You know, the kind of photo every young artist imagines there might be of themselves someday.It’s supposed to be motivational and I suppose on its surface it is. After all, everybody wants you to be successful, to make money, to keep going down that long black road. And you just want to be happy.
There’s nothing wrong with that as a general idea. Being happy is a nice thing to aspire to. It’s one of the lightest, sweetest feelings you can experience.Happiness is sort of like sipping a really sweet tea. It’s smooth, satisfying and when you’re done, you get the ghost of the sugar on your tongue. But that’s the thing, isn’t it? It doesn’t last. Eventually, your cup will run dry. It doesn’t last, because it cannot last. It’s not supposed to. Can you imagine that sticky-sweet taste all year? Hanging around through the passing of the seasons, not letting up any room for saltiness, bitterness, or savory foods? No. Well, can you imagine being happy all the time?Happiness, as something to aspire to, can be motivational. It …

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