There is an Instagram post making the rounds of a metal ball that takes three paths to get to a location.
One is linear, with no obstacles, and no dips and the other two have varied paths going up and down.
In the end, the paths that go up and down succeed and finish “first”. Not that being first is the goal, the purpose is to show that the straight, clear path isn’t always the best. Sometimes you need the dips to gain the moment to become stronger, and faster and push yourself to get out of them.
If we were all on the same path, wouldn’t that be pretty boring?