Some very special experiences in life evoke our most intense and passionate emotions - bliss, joy, happiness, human bond, love and make our journey through life seem so exciting and positive and rewarding.
Ironically, sometimes, the very sources of those same special experiences also evoke some of the unsavory but equally intense and passionate emotions - sadness, hurt feelings, loss of self and connection, resentment and make our journey through life seem so demanding and lacking in purpose.
Learning from experience may boil down to being able to feel both of these sides of intense and passionate emotions. But how we come out - whether happy and wise or sad and bitter may be a choice, but not without prolonged hardship and pain.
At the end of the day, our living, not existence, is defined by both joy and pain, in equal measure.