Why is life so hard these days .....?

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timbrady eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Life has always been hard; it has always depended on who and when you are/were.  It might be helpful to spend some time looking into conditions of the immigrants in New York City from about 1870 to the First World War.   Ken Burns has a wonderful film documentary of The City, and CD #3 has a great presentation of their plight.  It is also presented graphically in Jacob Riis's "How the Other Half Lives," a collection of pictures of the tenaments on the lower East Side (it is also referenced in the Burns documentary).  Those conditions were truly horrible with whole families living in one room with an outside window, families sharing a one room apartment with another family in "shifts" --- those were difficult times --- and there were other times in our history when recession/panics made live truly miserable for many people.  Of course if you were rich, none of these times were difficult.

Hard times seem to be part of the economic cycle; it's just that we have come to believe that things would be ever upward and onward.  A look at the history of recessions in this country (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_recessions) might help make this clearer.

We've gotten through the others; we'll probably get through this one as well.

mapriem eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Since you are a high school senior, the stress you are encountering must be tremendous. This is a big transitional year for you and you need to break it down to one day at a time. Graduating from high school is BIG because next year will be a whole different story. Whether you are attending college,  getting a job, or seeing the world, your day to day will be different and life may seem hard because of these overwhelming decisions. Go with the flow. Make realistic plans and make goals to help you focus on your accomplishments.  Keep you expectations realistic. The economy is making life hard for numerous people so you are not alone. Seek support with friends, family or other groups with similar interests. Things will change, they always do!!!

liv2dance | Student

i once heard a quote that said: 10 percent of life is what happens to you and 90 percent is how you deal with it...i love it! the moral is make the most of what you got, you get what you get and you don't throw a fit, when life gives you lemons you make lemonade....haha you get what i mean

wethinkthesameway | Student

think on your own and never let anybody let you down and when they do what do you think i am who i want to be I'll be here for you if you want and need help

ryer46 | Student

It 's not, life is what you make it. Do not let anyone bring you down or let everything you hear in the media sway your opinion. Think for yourself , I can assure these are not the worst economic times in the History of this country do some research and you can find this out for yourself. Never believe a political leader can make your life better that is entirely up to you

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