The sun is shining, the birds are singing—and the pollen is gathering in my sinuses. But it’s so wonderful to go outside in shorts and a t-shirt, to sit in the sun and eat a cup of maple nut ice cream without freezing my teeth.
I finally understand how people can do drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, and other things that may seem pleasant at the time, but cause long-term harm. It’s because the world seems so much brighter, so much happier, so much more satisfying, even though you know it will only make things worse in the end. And maybe there are things you can do to stave off the harm—a healthy meal here, exercise there—which are good in themselves, but don’t reverse the damage. Someone smoking knows that it damages his lungs, but it makes him feel so good at the moment that it doesn’t matter.
Likewise, I could sit outside for hours, even though I know my sinuses will make me regret it later.