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Top Five Difficult Life Experiences

Updated on September 24, 2014

Top Five Difficult Life Experiences

Life is beautiful, but it is true that rain falls on the just and the unjust; we all will have difficult times at some point. Those are the times that stretch us and make us stronger, but first they must bring us to our knees. What are the top five difficult life experiences that are common to human beings around the world?

Be sure and leave your thoughts below in the comment section. What life experiences have challenged you most?

Photo by Lisa Runnels
Photo by Lisa Runnels

When a loved one dies

Grief, sadness, and loneliness can engulf us

When someone we love dies, it can feel like our life is over. Loss of a parent, child, spouse, or friend can be overwhelming and very lonely. This is probably most people's most difficult life experience.

Even Rev. Billy Graham struggled at the death of his wife, telling Time Magazine:

No matter how prepared you think you are for the death of a loved one, it still comes as a shock," Billy Graham observes, "and it still hurts very deeply."

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Photo by Lisa Runnels

Being rejected

Divorce or breakups

There was a popular song in the 1960s called, "How can you mend a broken heart?" Although so very common, broken hearts are one of life's top five difficult experiences. Most of us have survived more than our share of heartbreaks, but being rejected by the one we love can be devastating.

Literature, music, and poetry have recorded the longing of jilted lovers down through history, but it does little to ease the pain of one mourning an ended romance. It is especially hard when there is a divorce with children involved. Many people never accept the dissolution of their marriage and family.

Photo by Lisa Runnels
Photo by Lisa Runnels

Losing a job

Unemployment is at record levels right now.

Even though more people have experienced loss of a job than ever before, it is life-shattering just the same. Someone's total self-image can be tied up in their job.The Institute for Work and Health tells us:

"Researchers have been looking at how unemployment affects mental health since the Great Depression of the 1930s, if not earlier. This body of research has shown that becoming unemployed has a negative impact on mental health. "

Loss of a home

Foreclosure is at epidemic proportions

Foreclosure is at an all-time high, but it is still a very difficult life experience. Being uprooted from your home is very unsettling. There are also practical issues to consider, such as where your children will sleep at night!

Have you ever been forced to leave your beloved home due to foreclosure? If so, you know the horrible trauma that families experience when this occurs. It is much more than just having a place to lie your head at night.

Health problems - Sickness and the medical bills that come with it are very scary.

Sickness is a difficult life experience that can be quite challenging to overcome. Losing the ability to care for ourselves is very scary and not predictable or fair. Pain, suffering, and illness are certainly one of life's difficult experiences.

To compound the devastation of medical problems, the current condition of our economy has left many people without health insurance or the ability to obtain it. The country is waiting for the decision of the United States Supreme Court concerning the constitutionality of President Obama's Healthcare initiative. Even if this bill is held as constitutional and allowed to become law, most experts agree that the plan will not solve the current problems of many unemployed and underemployed Americans.

Some great insights from Joel Osteen

Sometimes just the right words can help so much, and Joel Osteen imparts a positive, upbeat word of faith.

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Lisa Runnels is a 50-year old mother and grandmother who always had an artistic flair for drawing. Recently, she has discovered a new passion in photography, and the Internet world has discovered her. You will often find her photography at the top of the list on photography sites like Pixabay and Morguefile under the pseudonym Greyerbaby. She carries her camera everywhere she goes, and with 3 children and 5 grandchildren, she is never short of beautiful subjects to photograph! She hopes to continue doing what she loves, saying, "I hope one day I will be able to sell my photos." Judging from what you see on this lens, don't you agree she is ready?

More resources for coping with difficult times. - From my personal experiences

Here are some more helpful resources for those difficult life experiences.

Have you faced experiences in your lifetime that have challenged you? - Please share your thoughts with us.

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    • Barbie Crafts profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbie Crafts 

      6 years ago from United States

      @JoshK47: Mr. Squidangel Josh, thanks for blessing my lens and for sharing.

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      Barbie Crafts 

      6 years ago from United States

      @IMKZRNU2: yes, it seems this life doesn't allow anyone to escape some problems.

    • Barbie Crafts profile imageAUTHOR

      Barbie Crafts 

      6 years ago from United States

      @Bobski606: Oh, My. Glad you are doing better! Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      6 years ago

      I've definitely faced a couple of these... and they truly are hard experiences. Thanks so much for sharing this lens - blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      6 years ago

      I've had a near death experience due to my health but thankfully I had a great medical team looking after me and now I'm back on the mend.

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      6 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Haven't we all? My divorce (even though I was the one that wanted it) definitely helped to change me for the better. It has not been easy and I struggle every day with finances but it also was the best decision I ever made too.


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