Join me in a thought experiment. Think about your years as an adult and retrospectively consider how your life during those years could belong in one of two buckets. Bucket #1 would contain years when you felt like you were climbing uphill more often than not. Bucket #2 would contain years when you felt like you were coasting more often than not.
After putting the years from your adult life into one bucket or the other, try using these questions to deepen your exploration:
1. Which bucket contains more years?
2. Pick one year that feels to you this moment as though it belongs in bucket #1. What were some of the things going on for you that year? Now do the same, substituting bucket #2 for #1. As you did that part of the experiment, did either year present a greater challenge for your recall?
3. Pick a different year that feels to you this moment as though it belongs in bucket #1. What assisted you that year as you pushed uphill?
During a recent meditation, as several of my uphill years pierced my focus, I was able to salvage my visit to myself by using the third item above. For example, reflecting on my steady uphill climb in 2020, I began to see how my reading and my guitar playing that year assisted me in dealing with pandemic isolation as well as several significant challenges in my personal life.
I'd welcome hearing from anyone - online or off - who joins me in this thought experiment.