There have been times I have asked the same question: Why Is Life So Hard? At the end of the movie Amistad, I felt so relieved for the Africans who were finally returning to their home after all they had been through. They couldn't wait to see their family and friends again and to live at home in their communities again. But when they got off the ship and saw the devastation there and their families and friends nowhere to be found, that was just too much. I cried at the end of the movie, on the way home, and for over an hour on my bed afterwards.
I wish I could tell you I now have the answer to why life is so hard. But I don't. I'm not sure we'll have that answer until after our souls transition from our human bodies to what comes after. I can tell you, though, that I have learned to say Yes to living & Yes to God even though so many difficult questions like this one are bigger than any answers we can understand now. I also feel free to express my upset and outraged thoughts and feelings to God - and others who will listen without judgment - when I'm seeing my own life - or others' lives - as too hard. Doing that helps me move to a more peaceful, accepting place.
I invite anyone who thinks that life isn't so hard for most people to learn a more global perspective. Look at the statistics for if the world were a village of 100 people. It's very sobering. You can Google "if the world were a village of 100" and find the statistics in PowerPoint presentations, YouTube, and articles. The detailed portrayals paint a clearer picture. We, in North America, are incredibly privileged and much better off in many ways than the majority of people in the world. And, still, life can feel too hard for us at times.