So the question is: how do we make it all work? The beauty, the bliss, the agony, the ecstasy, the love, the hate, the sublime, the grotesque; heaven and hell on Earth…there is no way around, over, or under it. Right? The only way is to go through it. Is it just passing scenery or does it shape, mold, and scar us along the way? Do we add it to our suitcase and carry it for the remainder of the journey and if so does the load eventually become unbearable? Does accumulated experience make one stronger, wiser, or just plain tired? In a cosmic sense, what does being more agile feel like?
Have we traveled this path before? Will we travel it again? If so, is it significantly different each time or just superficial variations on a theme? It feels familiar, no?
Are these kinds of questions best addressed over a glass of Chilean Merlot, a sixteen ounce can of beer, or a hot cup of Celestial Seasonings Mandarin Orange tea? Or would the presence of a beverage just further complicate matters?