“Oft hope is born when all is forlorn.”
-J.R.R. Tolkien, The Return of the King
Often life gets compared with battlefields. These two do have some similarities- few people win, everyone else loses. Those who triumph bask in their glory. Those who are defeated swim in their self-created pool of disappointment.
The people of this century cannot say that we are living in very hard times. We are living in a time of peace and progress. We cannot say that those who lived during World War II were far better off than we are. Even children would not be misled by that blatant lie. It is true though that no matter what century one is in, life is still considered a battlefield. People face their own demons, their own adversaries. Each person will just have to live with these fears and obstacles, to make mistakes, to learn from them, and to not lose hope.
“I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.”
~Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
Life would be lifeless if we knew what to expect everyday, if there is not even an inkling of change. Life would be monotonous. Life wouldn’t be a challenge. We must treasure everything we have, the triumphs and the disappointments. Treat life as a miracle. Stay hopeful.