Life isn't one big race to the finish line, or just a roller coaster ride of ups and downs, but more like a change of seasons. And that's okay.
There's Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring in the natural world. Everyone loves Summer. We put on our bathing suits and swimming trunks and splash around for 3 months. Fall is a time to watch the leaves change colors and drink apple cider. Winter is cold, and people are miserable. Spring is a beautiful change, where we watch the flowers bloom and nature come back to life.
Life also has a Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring, along with other seasons. Summer may represent the good times. The fun we have with family and friends, the time where everything seems to be going right. Fall may represent a time of change, life is changing right before our eyes. You may be graduating from school, a baby is born. Things are changing, and with change comes mixed feelings. Some people welcome change. Others don't like it. Winter may represent hardship. Things have gotten bad. Your Dad has gotten sick, things may be financially tight, and you have no idea how you'll be able to scrape by for the next couple of months. But with Winter comes the promise of Spring. And with Spring, things will get better. Sleeping nature will someday wake up and come back to life. The bills will be paid. Your father may get better. During the hardships of Winter, Spring is a fleeting whisper that dances in the frigid wind. You have to be really still and listen, just to barely hear it. But once you do, hope can be found.
Life would be boring if everything was always the same. Welcome the seasons.