“Everyone, at some point in their lives, wakes up in the middle of the night with the feeling that they are all alone in the world, and that nobody loves them now and that nobody will ever love them, and that they will never have a decent night’s sleep again and will spend their lives wandering blearily around a loveless landscape, hoping desperately that their circumstances will improve, but suspecting, in their heart of hearts, that they will remain unloved forever. The best thing to do in these circumstances is to wake somebody else up, so that they can feel this way, too.”
― Lemony Snicket, Horseradish
I’ve always enjoyed Lemony Snicket’s wry observations of life, and I can understand this one very well! Often when you have sleepless nights, everything seems as black as can be, and stewing by yourself doesn’t help. On the other hand, waking someone else up to make them feel miserable doesn’t seem very fair either. 🙂
This is a gem from Lemony Snicket’s short book Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid – an awesome book for a good laugh! I’ve just requested it again from my local library as I enjoyed it so much the last time.