We can choose to tell stories however we want. The challenge is that we construct narratives from data points, and negative experiences tend to stick in the brain more than positive ones. In journalism we say that three anecdotes make a trend. Three tough moments can lead to a narrative that life is unsustainable in its current form. But life is more than a few data points. It is a complex and full mosaic. Better to look at the whole 10,080 minutes that make up a week rather than particularly crazy ones.