“When did life get so hard?”
I was talking with a friend a while ago and she kept asking the question “when did life get so hard?” over and over again. It made me smile but I have to agree with her sentiment.
It doesn’t seem that long ago when we were just carefree children with no responsibilities. We didn’t have to worry about food, shelter or anything for that matter. Everything was provided for us without our even needing to ask.
Our biggest worries consisted of which toys to play with or which cartoons to watch. Everyday was an adventure. We approached life with a ‘cup half-full’ attitude.
Suddenly we are grown adults responsible for making life-changing decisions. We have become parents, aunts and uncles up to whom our children look for guidance. Now that’s a really scary thought!
Life is no longer just a matter of choosing which cereals to have for breakfast or playing pretend. We no longer have the luxury of thinking of just ourselves but must weigh up how our actions will affect those around us.
There are bills and mortgages to be paid, bosses to answer to, deadlines to meet, social engagements to be attended (some rather reluctantly), lawns to be mowed, meals to be prepared, dishes to be washed, homework to be supervised, discipline and corrective measures to be doled out, relationships to be made, cultivated and nurtured.
Life is hard sometimes. It can be a downright chore just getting out of bed some days. It sometimes seems like one is on a treadmill, running miles but not going anywhere in a hurry.
Life is a like a pot of soup. Individually the ingredients are not all sweet, some are sour, tangy and maybe even bitter. But once put together, they create a culinary treat.
Life is an onerous responsibility but one we must bear with dignity and grace.