My life is not overly difficult, but its easy to say that when life is running smoothly. I imagine if tragedy were to strike, life would be difficult and it wouldn't be because we were making it so, its just because it is! perception vs. reality
I went to university and was not financed by my parents. i have to say that it was a challenging time for me. I felt very alone, and incapable of making good decisions. of course, having a job and 3 kids is also difficult, but I have a partner to rely on, my maturity and children to make the difficulty worth it!
I guess what I'm saying is that I wouldn't ever want to go back to my university years. I am quite happy where I am.
Our mistakes in life make it difficult. I completely agree with Cags about our perceptions in life. Circumstances make it hard. Our worries and desperation and self-abuse make it Hell. We do not need another one, we create it here on Earth, ourselves.
Life is what you want to make out of it. If you are convinced that you have a difficult life, you WILL have a difficult life. If you face life with a smile and a positive attitude there is no situation that will make you think that you have a difficult life.
The hardest thing is to watch your kids losing faith in life, that hurts the most. We create our reality but life might hit us quite unprepared. It's hard to deal with incurable disease, death, complete financial ruin etc.
Wow. Thanks for all the great feedback. I am past mid-life, so I have seen enough to formulate the opinion that a working adult is much more stressful than college student. I wouldn't mind going back to the good old college days.
When you're in school, it seems incredibly difficult, but that's only because you haven't yet experienced "real" life. I didn't get a four-year degree, but most of my friends did, and I remember thinking (not very generously) how petty were all the things about which they were complaining, when I was struggling to feed and house myself.
I'd say it's most difficult to do both, as camlo said. Norah (our Chief Moderator), for example, works full time for HubPages and goes to school full time. I am forever in awe of her drive and determination.
One life - two phases. Your attitude and willingness to learn, take risks, and deal with the knocks in the first have such a great impact on how the next phase goes. Resilience greatly reduces the degree of difficulty in either. Knowing and acting on 'when enough is enough' takes out a lot of manufactured stress as an adult.
(from an adult with kids who self-financed university by working full time).
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