The thing is, you're going to make it through. And you're going to be a little stronger at the end of it. And next time, you'll look back at what you went through and either think, "That really wasn't so bad" or you'll think "Damn, I'm a lot stronger than I thought I was."
I'm not going to lie, I've been there. I thought the entire world was after me. For some reason, bad things seem to come all at once and sometimes, I don't know how I'm going to get on. But I do.
I guess you're wondering what made me start on this tangent. It's just a couple things that I've noticed lately and have made me reflect.
For example, I have been out of college for 3 1/2 years. During that time, I've worked jobs that required 12 hour days, 7 days a week. Some that have required me to be on call 24/7 with no regard for my needing sleep at 3am or to be with my family on holidays. I've also gone to law school and been compared to my peers on a daily basis and given reading assignments of up to 300 pages/night while taken 16+ hrs/week of classes. And those are only my professional/educational experiences since undergrad.
And I have to laugh a little when I see undergrad students complain about how much work they have to do. How their teachers pile on so much work and don't they realize that "their class isn't the ONLY class students are taking?!" I mean, I've been there and I understand that at that moment in a person's life, it seems so impossible to handle four college classes with midterms and finals and papers due. But looking back on it, I wish life were that simple again.
And let's not forget hardships. Life is hard. I've had my share of lost friendships and bad relationships. But I've also lost friends to horrible car accidents and never gotten to say goodbye. I'm currently struggling with Carrie's battle with cancer. And there are plenty of other life events that have come along. And each time, they feel like the biggest thing on earth. Especially when you are expected to live your life. You're expected to show up to class or work and go on like nothing has happened. And it's hard. But life goes on. And after it is all over, you know you can survive it.
I'm not pretending to be wise and experienced. Yes, I've had my share of hardships and losses and near losses, but I've also been blessed. And I know my life isn't nearly as hard as the person sitting next to me or down the row. I've also learned that once I get through this stressful point in my life, I'll be a little stronger. I'll be able to handle the next big thing that God throws at me. But I have faith. I have faith that it will all work out. And I know the world doesn't revolve around me. And I have faith that I'll be stronger for the next stage in my life. I mean heck, I don't even have kids yet! I KNOW life will get harder in the next few years. But I say, bring it on.