You try your best but not comprehend a certain topic for a very long time and eventually you begin to understand it. At this point you would feel sad because you spent so much time on trying to understand this very topic and realize that the topic was actually pretty straight forward to comprehend. What's word for this sad emotion you feel at this very moment? Thanks!

Edit: Thank you for the suggestions. Epiphany is close but it does not represent the sadness of the moment.

Edit2: Clarity.

Edit3: Not catharsis.

  • Sounds to me like a new way to tell an optimist from a pessimist: Sad about finally figuring something out=Glass half empty/Happy about it=Half full! – Papa Poule May 11 '16 at 23:21
  • I've referred to this as an "Aw shit!" moment, similar to an "Aha!" moment but different. – Hot Licks May 12 '16 at 0:16
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    D'oh (accompanied by a slap to the forehead. – bib May 12 '16 at 1:24
  • @bib "D'oh!" is perfect, i think :) – Max Williams May 12 '16 at 14:09
  • "Snap back to reality, oh there goes gravity" – NVZ May 12 '16 at 14:10

Try Epiphany 

a usually sudden manifestation or perception of the essential nature or meaning of something

an intuitive grasp of reality through something (as an event) usually simple and striking

an illuminating discovery, realization, or disclosureb or a revealing scene or moment

Also, eyeopener

an experience or disclosure that gives one a sudden realization or understanding.

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    @Drew damn. Why didn't I think of that! – vickyace May 12 '16 at 0:14
  • Neither did Archimedes. Until he did. ;-) – Drew May 12 '16 at 1:29

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