ALL Of US Go Through What Can Be Described As HELL At Times!

All of us endure life situations that could be described as hellish, whether it is financial, emotional,  mental,  physical, and/or psychological or a combination thereof.
All of us endure life situations that could be described as hellish, whether it is financial, emotional, mental, physical, and/or psychological or a combination thereof.

All of Us Experience Hellish Situations of One Kind or Another

Oftentimes we experience negative situations in life.This can include a minor and major life crises.Without exception, NO ONE goes through life UNSCATHED.It happens to all of us, regarding of socioeconomic and sociocultural backgrounds.
Oftentimes we experience negative situations in life.This can include a minor and major life crises.Without exception, NO ONE goes through life UNSCATHED.It happens to all of us, regarding of socioeconomic and sociocultural backgrounds.

Psychological Repercussions of Unforeseen Events

Upset man.Many times, there are THINGS that just happen out of the blue.This can be quite psychologically unsettling.
Upset man.Many times, there are THINGS that just happen out of the blue.This can be quite psychologically unsettling.

Some People Endure EXTREMELY HELLISH Situations

Some people experience extremely hellish situations as such being inmates in labor&concentration camps.Others experience unemployment&homelessness.In these circumstances, every vestige of humanity is taken away, leaving one extremely vulnerable.
Some people experience extremely hellish situations as such being inmates in labor&concentration camps.Others experience unemployment&homelessness.In these circumstances, every vestige of humanity is taken away, leaving one extremely vulnerable.

Adversities Are Oftentimes a WAKE UP Call to IMPROVE Our Circumstances, Even Life

Sometimes we have to reach the respective bottomless pit of our lives before we make major improvements. Remember the old adage, it is always darkest before the dawn.
Sometimes we have to reach the respective bottomless pit of our lives before we make major improvements. Remember the old adage, it is always darkest before the dawn.

What Doesn't KILL Us, Makes Us STRONGER!

Life is the ultimate gift. Life is to be appreciated. All of us should be tremendously grateful for the gift of life. All of us were placed on the earth plane to learn certain life lessons. Yes, life is a classroom where there are tests given for the purpose of making us grow as human beings.

Life is a series of examinations. As one learns a particular life lesson, oftentimes, another lesson presents itself. If one fails to learn a certain life lesson, similar lessons, each one more complex and arduous, appear until a specific lesson is learned.

Of course, life can be quite exhilarating and exciting at times. However, life can be quite daunting and challenging. There is no such thing as not facing some type of challenge and/or adversity at one time or another. Everyone, without exception, faces adversity in varying degrees.

Some of us encounter challenges ranging from the mildly to extremely purgatorial. Others have challenges which can aptly be described as downright hellish. There is no such thing in this life and/or on this planet as avoiding adversity and/or challenges. They are an integral component of life.

If one does not encounter adversity and/or challenges in childhood and adolescence, they often appear in adulthood. In other words, in every life some rain must fall. Life was not meant to be smooth and free of difficulties and hardships. Welcome to the REAL world!

Adversity and/or challenges can appear in many guises. While one child may wonder if he/she will have a roof over his/her head, another child may wonder why he/she is constantly bullied by a group of neighborhood children. Another instance is those interned in Nazi concentration camps or in the Russian gulags, under extremely hellish conditions, wondering if they are going to survive a particular day. Or a homeless family wondering how they are going to survive a night on the streets without being attacked.

While the abovementioned crises are quite extreme, there are other somewhat less extreme but hellish crises. A longtime employee has been terminated from his/her job and has been unemployed for a long period of time. His/her savings has almost run out. He/she is economically just surviving day to day.

This person has looked extensively for a job but unfortunately, employers view him/her quite negatively because of his/her termination. In other words, these employers do not want an employee whom they consider to be a bad mark so to speak. He/she is in perilous straights.

This person is just surviving at the subsistence level so to speak. He/she is actually half a paycheck or less towards homelessness. In addition to his/her savings running out, the period of time for his/her receiving unemployment benefits has ended. He/she is now in a quandary. He/she is now worried as to how to solve this dilemma.

This person definitely needs a job; however, no employer wants him/her because of being terminated. So he/she has to ask that his/her unemployment benefits be extended until he/she can reasonably decide the next step to undertake. If he/she is denied further unemployment benefits, he/she may have to apply for public assistance.

Even though this person does not want public assistance, he /she realize that this is a choiceless choice. If he/she does not apply for public assistance and monies are near to exhausted, he/she would descend into a financial bottomless pit so to speak. So he/she applys for public assistance until he/she can do better.

A child is abandoned by a parent or guardian for reasons that he/she either does not want the responsibility of raising the child or he/she can no longer financially support the child. Either way, the child is left to his/her own resources to do the best that he/she can at the moment. This child often have to raise himself/herself until the child protective and/or social services authorities investigate the situation and place the child in its services.

Another child endures horrific abuse at the hands of his/her parents. He/she is going through a literal hell on earth. He/she has to learn to navigate his/her environment in order to survive another day. He/she often has to learn to stay on the good side of his/her parents. He/she must depend upon his/her own emotional resources because he/she is not receiving the prerequisite love and attention(except negatively) from his parents.

Some of us fall from grace. For example, a once stellar employee does something at work which nearly destroys or completely destroys his/her credibility . He/she is no longer known as the stellar employee but as the jack up! His/her reputation is in the sewer so to speak. Colleagues and superiors are now distancing themselves from him/her. The working relationship can be best described as coldly and formally cordial.

Avenues that were once opened for promotion are now closed. He/she no longer has an exalted status and its related freedoms. Those are gone forever! He/she is at the bottom of the list, a persona non grata. Once an A, he/she is now an F- in the eyes of his/her respective company and/or corporation.

With those lost privileges and status, this once stellar employee's every move is being micromanaged and overscrutinized. He/she has made a mortal faux pas in the eyes of the company and corporation and the latter will NOT let him/her forget it! He/she is thoroughly disgraced and an outcast! He/she used to look forward to coming to work, now he/she is in the 9th or 10th circle of CORPORATE HELL!

Another situation is when a person who habitually abuses controlled substances falls into a bottomless pit. These substances are his/her proverbial parents, lovers, and/or security blankets. He/she believes that these substances are necessary for him/her to face life. He/she has become so addicted to these controlled substances that it is near to impossible to stop. So he/she goes deeper and deeper until the bottomless abysmally hellish pit is reached. He/she has reached the nadir of existence. What now?

Yes, all of us go through quite less than positive situations in varying degrees. Some adversities and/or challenges teaches us important life lessons. One learns to become quite resilient and oftentimes stronger psychologically and mentally through the experience.

Adversities and/or challenges can be considered a wake up call to alert to go on a more positive path, improve our lives, and to get out of a negative situation. There are many people who actually do not "see the light" until an extremely negative outcome occurs to them. Such experiences make others have an epiphanous moment. They have come to the realization that they had better reform before even worse things occur and/or before it is too late to remedy their situation.

Adversities and/or challenges makes many people more empathetic and sympathetic to those who are less fortunate. Many children who endure less than positive situations in their respective childhoods and adolescence are advocates for the underdog and/or the over self-improvement and self-actualization of others. They portend that because they endured hellish conditions, no other child will endure the same and/or similar things that they did.

Sometimes adversities and/or challenges teaches us to have gratitude for what we are given in life. These components also alert us to the fact that none of us are invincible and nothing outer is permanent. In other words, what we have obtained and/or achieved, can easily be taken away from us. Nothing outer is guaranteed and/or assured. Even things like security can be passing. All we actually possess are our character and integrity.

In summation, no one goes through life unscathed. We are here on the earth plane to learn certain life lessons. All of us faces adversities and/or challenges in varying degrees.

These adversities and/or challenges range from the mildly to extremely purgatorial to the downright hellish. Few people have experiences quite hellish events in their lifetimes such as homelessness, abuse, joblessness, and/or being interned in concentration camps. More of us have experienced less extreme but still hellish situations whether it is falling from grace on a job, being fired from a long term job, and/or going to a point of no return.

Adversities and/or challenges serve important life lessons. They may teach us to become more sympathetic towards the needs of others. They can alert us that we must improve and/or mend our errant ways before it is too late to do so. They also inform us that nothing outer in life is guaranteed and/or permanent and can be taken away at a moment's notice. Yes, life has its adversities and challenges but those often have unseen and innumerable rewards. They also make us stronger and more resilient, being able to survive in crisis situations. Yes, what does not kill and/or defeat us, oftentimes makes us stronger!

© 2012 Grace Marguerite Williams

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Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

Awesome Job with excellent examples of what real life can be like!!! Well Done!!!


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gmwilliams 4 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York Author

Thank you, Patty, for your response. We just cannot escape the problems of life. We are all going to encounter less than positive situations in life in one way or another! The only way to escape these situations is DEATH. All of us regardless of education, socioeconomic status, and/or other related factors are going to have our share of problems, adversities, and challenges. THAT is LIFE!


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Globetrekkermel 4 years ago from CALIFORNIA

love this hub ,Gmwilliams.The title caught my attention because it is the very truth of our mundane existence. I mean,really, think about it? What is life without challenges and adversities? B-O-R-I-N-G !!!! isn't it? and yet, we as a people continue to evade and run away from it like a plague.Not a lot of us will look forward to facing adversities in life but yet we all know that they will come in different shapes and forms, in different sizes and gravities etc. Over the years , I learned to accept them as challenges and I always remember that :THIS TOO SHALL PASS.And it always does! Amen.Thank God.Like you say,THAT'S LIFE !... OF COURSE! NO DOUBT ABOUT IT.If we can only learn how to accept it, love it , and kiss it goodbye, then it will be a lot easier for us humans. isn't it?


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gmwilliams 4 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York Author

Thank you for you're quite insightful and spot on analysis of the human situation! It is greatly appreciated!


Sarra Garrett 3 years ago

Voted Up and Awesome! Wonderful Hub GM. To me with my fall down the pit from hell last year, there is only one way to go and that is up. I'm not as young or strong as I used to be and my health is turning poorly but with everything I've gone through I've learned how to not only survive my way through I'm coming up with ways to survive in the future.


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gmwilliams 3 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York Author

Sarra, thank you for your response. You are a GREAT person who truly exemplifies the American spirit. Wish you immense luck in all your future endeavors. You are indeed a SURVIVOR. I applaud and salute YOU!


Sunnie Day 3 years ago

Wonderful hub gm and I surely needed to read this to confirm what I really knew deep inside but is always good to have a reminder. Just when I thought the season of raising children and all its complexities was done, and being a baby boomer, I am now faced with caring for my loving parents, who need me. Seasons of change, forever teaching us new lessons, challenging the very essence of who we are. We either graciously accept the seasons, knowing it is part of the stepping stones of life or wake up disgruntled for the rest of our lives...I think I choose a quiet acceptance with a smile. Empty nesting may be over rated anyway...who knows...lol...Thank you.


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gmwilliams 3 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York Author

Thanks Sunnie for stopping and for your wonderfully eloquent synopsis.

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