I remember as a kid thinking how I couldn’t wait to become and adult because life seemed so much easier for adults. Being a kid felt hard….I mean after all, Adults got to go out whenever they wanted to, they had money to buy whatever they wanted (at least that’s what you thought as a kid), they can stay up as late as they want and watch movies whenever they want…life for adults seemed awesome! So much better than the hard life of a kid…right?
Then you grow up and actually become an adult and you are like “WT_?!?” This isn’t easy at all! Sure you can stay up as late as you want but you are too freaking tired to because you just worked your butt off all day at a job so you can earn enough money to at least pay your bills and then only sometimes when there is a little money left over to buy things you want you can’t because you have to buy things for your kids instead! Being an adult is NOTHING like you thought it was as a child. It’s HARD!
So I go back to my opening question, “Does life ever get easier?”
I don’t actually know. I could easily sit here and say that life will be so much easier when we get to retire and just hang out doing crafts and playing golf all day, because that’s all you have to do when you get to be old, right? It seems so easy for them. But I have a feeling that when we get to be old we will realize that being retired means having to take a million medications to fight off our ailments and it means having to walk really slow so you don’t fall and break a hip and it means being lonely cause all your kids are grown and busy living lives of their own….
So I’m guessing the answer is no, it doesn’t really get easier, it just gets hard in different ways. So if there is a lesson to learn from realizing that it is this – We need to decide to BE HAPPY NOW! Don’t wait for life to get easier to be happy because you will likely be waiting your entire life only to find that it didn’t happen.
“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.” – Earl Nightingale
I love that. I needed that reminder today. Sometimes I get caught up in the stress of things and find myself thinking, “I’ll be happy when I can get through this current situation and then life will get easier.” So I needed to remind myself that no matter what stress or problems we are dealing with we can still choose to be happy and enjoy our life! So that’s what I’m going to do dang it!
“The trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead.” – Marjorie Hinckley