I remember being told some fairy tale as a young monkey about a princess that was given the option of having happiness at the beginning of her life or at the end. Of course, this sets up a lesson for young humans and monkeys alike. I seem to recall being one of the only youngsters to choose "at the end of my life."
I think those early days in the lab set me up for understanding that things had to be better eventually.
I can honestly say that I chose right. I can certainly say that I am getting happiness in the second half of my life. Today, it's because Phenom has informed me that we are going on a get away for my birthday. Hee Hee . . . And just when I thought I'd never really appreciate my birthday again.