Good times are great. But, as we all know, they don’t last forever. Cause the truth is life has a way of – in poetic terms – punching you when you’re smiling, and kicking you when you’ve hit the ground. The jerk….
Guess what, though? Life’s supposed to be hard…
Most don’t wanna hear that, though.
They wanna keep hoping that something can take the problems away, can take the struggle away; that enough success, or achievement, or self-help will make life all sunshine and happiness; that once all they want comes to pass, the sun will forever rise with a big smiley face, and they’ll hop and skip under rainbows all day, and the squirrels and rabbits of the forest will stop them to say “Good morning” and bring them berries and fruits or whatever.
[Sorry. I was just watching a children’s cartoon.]
Anyway, they kinda, sorta, in the back of their mind just wish life was that fairytale; that things would just…finally…be…easy.
Shit happens. And in a world that is forever changing, all that’s good and awesome about the conditions of your life won’t last forever. And – in most cases – they won’t even last much longer.
But what’s so freaking important to remember is this:
Life shouldn’t be easy.
It shouldn’t be smooth.
It shouldn’t be effortless.
And you shouldn’t expect it to be.
Life is supposed to be hard. It has to be, or else we’d all be awesome, we’d all be successful, we’d all be the same.
The world, though, needs some way to differentiate us – to separate the strong from the weak, the capable from the incapable, the deserving from those who are not.
It needs some way to weed out those better people from those lesser people; those who don’t give a shit if it’s hard cause they’re gonna do it anyway, from those who expect it to be easy cause they need it to be.
It’s we who need these challenges, though. We need stuff that hurts us, kills us, shakes us to our core. We need the things that forever kill the idea that this world is a place where we don’t need to try, or learn, or improve to get what it is that we want.
Fate demands it. Evolution requires it.
Cause a world with challenges creates a world with real successes, real achievements, real heroes.
Because those who make it anyway – despite the shit thrown at them, done to them, and said about them – are those who truly earned their awesomeness, their better Self, their happiness.
Your shit shouldn’t be easy, then…
…because without those challenges, you have nothing by which to measure yourself, nothing by which to learn and improve and grow, nothing to strive towards or hope to become – in a world where everything comes easily.
And so…life is supposed to be hard.
But we needn’t make it difficult.
We needn’t get so pissed or so down that we’re given the challenges that will try us, and the disappointments that will improve us; that we’re given exactly what we deserve, though we don’t believe it, and exactly what we need, though we don’t yet know it.
We needn’t be so depressed that life is life, and it’s giving to us what it gives to us all…
The opportunity to be better.
The chance to be our better Selves.
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