“Sometimes you have to go through the dirtiest and the ugliest things to appreciate the good things in life.”
I heard this quote last night from one of my friends while having a few beers, and it immediately it made me stop, cock my head to one side, and contemplate.
What a profound statement. It seems alcohol makes us great philosophers sometimes.
I’ve heard this quote in various forms, but never with the “dirtiest” and “ugliest”. It made me think of all the “dirty” and “ugly” things I’ve been through, and how I see life these days.
How do I see life these days?
I try to find the good in every day. Sometimes it’s difficult, but after a moment of reflection, I stop and think “it could be worse”. And immediately, I can find something good.
It’s all those things that have made me who I am. It’s the good, the good friends, my family, my job, that make me happy. It’s the bad and the ugly, the loss of family, of friends, that makes me stronger, but also makes me appreciate the days I have, the people I have.
Maybe it’s like a grittier version of the “Facts of Life”. You take the good, you take, the bad, and there you’ve got the facts of life.” Or something like that. I wasn’t a fan of that show. Apparently.
And maybe that’s Queen Alisha’s Guideline to Life #2. Life is the total package, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Live through the bad, survive to appreciate the good.
For now, the Queen is off to celebrate the last day of Mardi Gras.
Definitely, the good.