The Struggle is Real


Looking back on life, the best times have been when I was younger. The only worry is playing with friends, homework, school, bullies and staying out of your parents righteous anger.  Getting older things got a more complicated.  I’ve listened to kids, youngsters, and teenagers  vent their angst. It is really petrifying when they say, “The struggle is real,” a phrase my daughter loves to say because she wants an Iphone and I said no.  I tell you what, I would trade them in a heart beat.  Because once you’ve grown as an adult – it’s pay to play.

Then comes the adult single, saying how stressful life is.  I mean you’re single, what’s there to stress about? You have freedom, nothing is holding you back. You’re only limited to your own imagination.  What, the espresso machine is broken?  I don’t know.  See, that’s the funny thing in life.  For every stage we’ve grown up to problems are always there.  They won’t go away and they’ll always stay here.  Reminds me of that phrase, “Be careful what you wish for.”

Then comes a stage where you get married and have your own family.  Now, you could finally tell me the struggle is real.  The bills and more bills.  Time for yourself ?  Forget that.  Buy something that you want, no way.  The kids come first.  Have an eight hours sleep, definitely not.  Let’s say three to four hours is more than enough.

To some or even most, where we are in life right now, contentment seems to be elusive.  We always say these things, “When I grow up, when I have a job, when I get married, and a lot more when I’s and ifs, you could fill in the blanks. Once we get there, we become disappointed because it didn’t meet our expectations. Suddenly you look back in time and ask “What happened?”  Reality hits you that the past has been the better days, the golden age of your life.

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Whatever stage you are in life, don’t rush.  Enjoy where you are, make the most of it ’cause you won’t stay there for long and who knows that’ll be the best part of your life.  Cherish it, soon they’ll be just memories that will be awakened later through a song, a word, a movie or a landmark.

In closing I leave you this two verses:
“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries.  Today’s trouble is enough for today (Matthew 6:34 NLT).”
“…Be satisfied with what you have…(Hebrews 13:5 NLT).”

What’s the best stage in your life and why?

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