“And they lived happily ever after.” Think about this line for a few minutes. Are you living happily ever after? If not, what will it take for you to get there?
The line is in fairy tales for a reason and more importantly, there aren't any sequels that follow up the happily ever after to see how it turns out. Again for a very good reason, life doesn't permit happy all the time, if it did, happiness wouldn't mean anything. You can only appreciate happiness if you know sadness. The same with success and good fortune, if you haven't experienced adversity or hard times, how in the world would you ever recognize good fortune? You would probably not even be happy because you wouldn't know anything different and your good fortune would be treated as something taken for granted; when to someone who has known adversity, any good fortune would be treated as something unbelievable and special.
I think that a well lived life is one lived with balance; good times, bad times and everything in between and hopefully you emerge with serenity and optimism. That at least is what I hope for in the end; serenity and optimism.