First, things are bad: you lose all hope in yourself and try to swallow the hard, prickly truth. Life sucks right now. Then, you realize that things are not so bad after all. The universe can't take you down that easily, heck no! Then, you think about it, and, it turns out things aren't as hopeful as you thought. You're still gasping for air, treading water when you thought you made it to the surface. The shore is near, but you still have to keep swimming and you don't know how long your body can take it anymore.