If you look at any interior design or fashion store, you are bound to spot a few items with the consistent inverted V pattern, known as chevron. This zigzag trend is everywhere, from pillows to dresses. The typical chevron consists of slow slanting angles, in a calm waved pattern, not too high and not too deep. Although not as popular, chevron can also be a dramatic zigzag, with higher highs, and lower lows.
So why do we like this retro design so much? Could it be because it symbolizes the ups and downs of our own life?
For some women in life their chevron pattern is far too extreme. They have major low pits and then drastically shoot to major peaks. Their highs are uncontrollable, feeling as if they are on top of the world. They seem impulsive, furnish large gifts, are exceedingly happy and make unattainable plans. Then they quickly drop. The lows are filled with overwhelming depression, irritability and loneliness. This drastic pattern is often referred to as Bipolar Disorder and affects roughly 6 million Americans.
More than 19 million adults in the United States are living with depression. While suffering with depression, their life can feel more like a striped pattern and less like a typical chevron. They feel persistently down, tired and hopeless. The highs have disappeared, and they’ve lost the joy of life.
Without the peaks we lose happiness, and without the lows we don’t recognize the peaks. To fully enjoy life we must experience both, but the pattern should be gradual and moderate. So next time your eye catches the gentle up and downs of the trendy chevron, ask yourself what pattern your life is. Is it the dramatic and intense zigzags? Or maybe it’s missing the high points altogether.