Joy

Let’s talk about joy. A single moment of it can make your whole day. It makes you remember why living is worth something. Imagine an entire day of such joy. Can you? I wonder if the human mind can even sustain such a thing. It might break you. Or it might change your entire existence.

I’ve never had joy for more than a moment or two at a time. I think, for most people, it is a fleeting thing. It is easy to forget. The rest of life sweeps it away under the mountain of responsibilities, fears, and stresses we experience so much more often. Yet it is the reason we are alive.

At least it is for me. It’s the only time I don’t feel like I’m fighting back nihilism. I pass my days trying hard not to wonder why I bother. Philosophically, I believe life is best given over to happiness – both for oneself and others. But with true happiness so rare, I forget that this meaning has any true merit.

Maybe one day I’ll experience an entire minute of joy. I wonder how that would transform my life.

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