Do we lower our standard, our passion, our hope, our expectations because we sense others resent our energy and joy? Do the others feel trapped and think we don’t know what feeling trapped feels like?
There is nothing inherently wrong with going through the motions, if living like that is a good enough standard.
Which ought to prepare us at any time for a simple, direct, legitimate question.
Are we satisfied?
(Or do we believe we deserve more, better, different?)