Brian Andreas, who writes the beautiful Story People nuggets (http://www.storypeople.com) wrote one of my favorite images called "Bittersweet":
I was reminded of this story yesterday when I simply had to sit down, breathe, and realize that, indeed, the experience I was having was my life, is my life. I stood on the beach on the central California coast and my legs gave way and all I could do was sit and let tears run down my face. I was not and am not sad. I am awed. I am letting go of the last little bits of exhaustion and disbelief. I am breathing in wonder. And I smile.