For a taste of reality just get to the summit of your favorite mountain ( >10k preferrably ) and take a look. You will get a strong sense of your place in the world. I did... my life will never be the same again. I can't wait to be there again; a tiny human on the face of a tiny planet in a tiny solar system in an obscure corner of an insignificant galaxy... well... you get my meaning. If you want to learn to appreciate... go to Mammoth or Squaw or Stowe or Everest... you will laugh at the hugeness of how small you are.

My perspective is from Mammoth Mountain. I have changed this year for the better. I will change more as I continue to visit my "Paradise on Earth". You should do the same... my humble opinion.