Life IS Hard!
These days I tend to spend time with people going through tough times in their lives. I now hear stories and details that in the past I wouldn’t have known. Because people know that I provide pastoral care, they tend to tell me things that they don’t share with others.
It has made me a lot more sensitive to the fact that life is hard.
And I recognize that for most of my life I was not as aware. Not that I wouldn’t know that people were dealing with life issues — cancer, death of a loved one, caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s, etc. But I was not in a position to know the details, to hear their stories. So I didn’t recognize how very hard what they were dealing with was.
You may be one of these people for whom life is hard right now. If so, then you know, and can empathize with others going through similar times.
If you’re not, then just be aware that there are folks all around you every day for whom life is hard. And that a gentle word, a gentle touch, can mean so much, even if you don’t know all the details.