... exist. This was also a question my nine year old child with special needs asked me after watching the cartoon.
In the last ten years of my adult life, I have been a parent to a child with exceptional needs. Sadness plays a large part of my journey, often making its appearance now and then when you least expect it.
And it is very crippling when it visits me. For days, weeks, even months, it can push me into depths of inertia, rendering me almost useless to my child, family and environment for a period of time until it suddenly decides to leave for a vacation.
Vacation. Ahhh.... what was important about the occasional visits by Sadness, was the peace it brings with it when it starts to leave. It seems like encountering sadness is a necessary phase before we can encounter peace.
The trouble is, I learnt that Sadness doesn't really leave. It just hides somewhere till the right moment or trigger invites it back for a party.
This is probably what experts term as the repeated grief cycle. So what can we do when we chronically feel sad?
Let me share some of my personal insights to this:
As I look at my child every day, I continuously push myself to learn to accept all the imperfections that come with life. As much as each day can be a disappointment, it can also be a thanksgiving that at least, for today, she remained happy - and that makes me happy.