It’s Not Supposed To Be Easy

Today has been an interesting day. It seems like every other conversation, every other tweet, every other Facebook status has been someone complaining about a situation — they don’t like their jobs. They don’t have enough money. They can’t get x,y, or z. The gist of it all is: Life is hard.

Well, no s&*^, Sherlock. Yeah, life IS hard. If it wasn’t would you appreciate those brief fleeting moments when it isn’t?

If you had a truly easy life: all the money you ever needed, all the friends in the world, a job you loved…would you appreciate it?

No, you wouldn’t. You would grow to expect it. If you can’t be honest about it, then I’ll have to be honest for both of us, because I know I’d take it for granted.

That’s why, even though it bugs the hell out of me at times, I’m glad I have to work for what I have. Every new skill I gain, every new client I land, every check I cash — I know I worked for it, and I worked damn hard to get it. Nothing has been handed to me…ever.

And if I had to choose between working for it and having it handed to me, I’ll take the work. I don’t want to live on Easy St. Easy makes you complacent; it takes away your motivation and your drive. And when you are no longer motivated or driven, that’s when the rug can get pulled out from under you. Don’t believe me? Reread this.

So, to those who are complaining that life is hard — yep, it is. Accept it and keep pushin’. If it gets easier, find out what else you can do. Cuz, as soon as it gets easy, it can all slip away.

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4 thoughts on “It’s Not Supposed To Be Easy

  1. Jenny says:

    This is so true Kim! Our failu–I mean our learning experiences & challenges build character and make us who we are. I’m not one to complain, much. I have a great job & I don’t mind working hard for what I have. It’s a good idea to vent every now & then, though, else risk imploding LOL. Great post!

    • I’m the queen of the vent — it’s a BIG reason why I blog. Maybe it was the sheer volume of complaints I read today that got to me…I don’t know. Oh well, I got a blog post out of it, so it couldn’t be all bad! LOL

  2. Ken says:

    You vent? Nah, don’t believe it. haha

    I’m amazed at the number of people who will sit and complain, yet will not do anything about their situation. I had a boss that told me, “Don’t tell me about the problem unless you also have a solution.”

    Seriously, we all have those days where nothing goes right or we are trying to secure more work. Some clients are a pain in the rear, some don’t like to pay and then there are the clients that make life sweet. (then there are some folks who just like to complain because they feel entitled, but that’s another blog post for you)

    Complain away, but know that when this issue goes away another will be there waiting. It’s life. And for freelance writers it is a fact of doing business. If there’s a problem, fix it. If you don’t like your circumstances, change them. If you’re gonna complain at least have a resolution to the problem. (present company excluded.. 🙂 )

    • Yeah, I vent. Who knew? 😉

      Oh, I freely admit that I will be one of the first to complain about a situation, but trust and believe that while I’m complaining, I’m also working on a solution. I don’t believe in staying in bad situations any longer than I have to. I prefer to avoid them altogether, but being this is an imperfect world, that’s not going to happen. Plus, I really do believe that when things come too easy, or stay easy for too long, it’s a disaster waiting to happen.

      But people who complain just for that sake of complaining, or for the attention, or people who vent, are offered solutions to their problems but choose to stay in the bad situation drive me batty. Either change the situation or quit complaining about it — if you aren’t willing to improve it, then you must like it, so deal with it and leave the rest of us out of it.

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