I often hear someone say you can’t know what’s good until you’ve had the bad. If you weren’t ever thirsty you’d never appreciate a glass of cold water. I think in some cases this is true but maybe not all. I also think it works in reverse. Once you’ve experienced something close to perfection other things just aren’t as great as you thought they were.
If I hadn’t had that perfect espresso at Solo Espresso I would have gone on thinking that all those other espresso’s were perfectly good. I just can’t unexperience it and go back to the way it was before. So in a way life can constantly raise the bar of your expectations just by experiencing ever better variations on the things you already loved.
I guess my point is that hitting new lows in your life can certainly make you appreciate what you had but also reaching new highs can remind you that there’s usually something better out there you just have to discover it. A better angle, a better workflow, a better light, or a better espresso. Once you’ve found them there’s no unknowing them.