Read This If You’re Wondering Why the Hell Life Is So Hard

Read This If You’re Wondering Why the Hell Life Is So Hard

Life is hard. Understatement of the year. But why did nobody ever tell us this growing up? It’s almost like we were set up for failure. Maybe our parents should have been more honest with us. Because life is damn hard.

Go to school, go to college, get a job, get married, start a family. That’s all peachy, but it’s not realistic for all of us. Some of us can’t find jobs. Some of us can’t pay our student loans. Not all of us can afford to pay outrageous rent on a starting salary. And relationships are damn hard today.

Why does it have to be so hard? I’m aware that it’s making me strong, but some days I feel like I could break. What’s the trick to an effortless life? Please advise.

Because the truth is, nobody told us we would be living paycheck to paycheck. Nobody told me I wouldn’t have my dream career at 23. I was told I could do whatever I wanted. I could achieve anything. I had my whole life ahead of me.

And I still do. But growing up, I don’t feel the expectations given to us are realistic. At least not in today’s society. Some days it’s hard to get up. Some days I struggle to do the bare minimum. But I can do anything I want! That’s what they told me.

If life feels hard, it’s because it is. You’re not the only one struggling. We all are. Some just hide it better than others.

So the next time life knocks you down, remember all that you’ve overcome. Be proud that you’re making it. If you wake up every day and go to a job that pays you, you’re doing well. If you feed yourself every night, you’re doing well.

At the end of the day, we’re all just trying to do the best we can. Social media gives us a false reality, and nobody is as perfect as they seem. The grass seems greener because that’s how they want you to perceive it. Who knows what’s really going on. Maybe that person with the perfect life cried himself to sleep last night. Life is damn hard, for all of us.

I’m thankful for everything I have. I’m hopeful for more. I will continue to work hard daily to get where I want to be in life. Then I will work even harder.

We’re all just doing our best. The next time you think, why is life so hard? Just remember, you’ve survived everything that has been thrown at you thus far.

And you’ll keep surviving.

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About the author

Kristin Rattigan

Chicago born and raised. Stay strong but sweet.