Family had a cat when I was a toddler, I had a rabbit and 2 guinea pigs, lived with two dogs (not mine), now living with my own dog.
What goes up, will inevitably come back down. Whoever you have to step on when you go up, you will be at their mercy when you go down.
The truth is strictly what the ones in power perceives it to be.
Enjoy any good things, even the little and menial ones, as you will never know what impending distresses could descend upon you in a moment.