On the other hand...
Life is quite simply amazing, and every day we are given a gift. The gift of good friends, and great laughs, and misty, manly weeping (I mean, did you SEE Katy Perry and Jodi DiPiazza at the Night of Too Many Stars??), and narrowly avoided tragedy, and whispers, and quick glances of just the right sort of girl, and brilliant sunshine, and heavy rain, and excellent food, and other crunchy things.
There are certainly reasons, in life, to be upset, and to worry, and to be genuinely sad. That's the price you pay for joy, and I'm definitely willing to pay it in full. The low moments make the highs just unspeakably wonderful, and I wouldn't trade a second of my personal journey, despite some pretty alarming lows. I need the bitter with my sweet. We all do. It's what adds the salt to life. And the sour. ...But I digress.
Today, you and I and everyone we know had the opportunity to smile and speak a kind word to a stranger. We may have missed some of these moments, but the opportunities are there, every day. We can walk through a strange city, find a wildflower, eat Cap'n-Crunch-Encrusted-Chicken (yes, this is a real thing), get a moment to ourselves, and maybe even share that moment with someone we have never met before today, or, even better, with an old and dear friend, who may have even been with us during some of the bad old days, but remains a friend nevertheless. One of the good friends, that you know you can count on. You know the ones I mean.
I have met a LOT of people in my travels through the world. I am not sure that I have ever met anyone, ever, who is a bad person. We are, all of us, just little kids, looking around at the world, with wonder in our hearts and questions on our minds. It's the ultimate ride, and I will not ever get tired of it.
I watched a young man named Pablo Sandoval, whom I had never heard of before tonight, hit three consecutive home runs in the first game of the World Series tonight. He had a pretty excellent evening, I imagine, and his smile in the dugout after his third homer has stuck with me all night.
When he woke up this morning, it was certainly an important game, and an important day. But I doubt that he knew how wonderfully it would end, and how large his smile would shine on national television, and how many people his joy would touch. I'm just one of them.
Also, Katy Perry has a heart as big as all outdoors.
I'm just in love with the world right now, including you, for one simple reason:
Today was an adventure, and we got to share it together. Even if you live several thousand miles away, you live close to me in my heart.
Tomorrow, for me, and you, and everyone you know: