Top 10 Hardest Things in Life

The Top Ten
1 School

It is absolute agony, tons of workload coming from all classes, which all expect you to work at the same rate. It completely ignores mental health and just shoves the idea that failure = bad, which is nowhere near true.

If it was made to prepare you for life, it should be treated and done like it. They completely ignore that purpose. School sucks.

From 8 am to 4 pm, how do people expect us to handle it that long? Not being tardy, no talking the majority of the school time, being in dress code, having good grades - it's just too much.

It gives even more pressure on most people because a lot of minors like me have activities after school, plus homework.

2 Accepting death

When I learned that you either go to heaven or hell (I am a Christian), I was devastated. From little me, who was only 6 years old, I've always been looking at life a different way.

Yes, accepting death is one of the toughest things in life. You can't believe that you cannot see the person next morning, who used to taunt you, tease you, scold you, and much more than that, who used to love you.

I realized this when I lost my grandfather at the age of 26. I was very mature by that time, and I realized what death means. I did not cry. I could never cry for his death. But deep inside, I felt how weak I am. I cannot control a thing. Weak, very weak, and very poor. Especially when I saw my grandmother, my sister, and my aunts crying for my grandfather, who they really loved and cared for.

3 Growing up

Very true. Learning from our failures and growing up is vital for success in our lives. The earlier we grow up, the better and less painful life will become.

It makes me tear up just remembering all this stuff! Racing the dirt track after school with friends, playing in the rain, messing with my dog in the backyard, or just sitting around playing charades or watching TV with my cousins. It makes me wonder what Peter Pan must feel like.

Waking up on a Saturday and being like, Oh wait, thank goodness it's the weekend, and falling back to sleep until 11:00 am because of staying up until 3:00 am. But if you're an adult, you wake up at like 2:00 am to study or go to work! Then, when you're back at school, everyone starts talking about a singer or some dumb hot guy. I wanna be 9 again!

~Owlpaw

4 Taking rejection

The feeling of rejection is worse than many other problems in life because accepting it is so difficult. People not accepting you for who you are, poor grades in school, and more are painful to endure. The worst part is that because this seems so shocking to us, we aren't able to learn from it, and all this depression we feel will be all for nothing.

Everyone wishes to have a carefree life, but this may be necessary as it can teach us to push ourselves in the end.

School is hard. Work is harder. And I'm pretty sure raising kids is hard, too. But there's nothing more painful than taking rejection. You go to school and work to have money and live. It's hard but worth it, you know.

When you get rejected once, it's okay, I guess. Worse is when you feel lonely, when you feel that the only ones who really love you are your mom and dad. Taking it is extremely hard, because what is the meaning of life if you are getting rejected every day?

5 Raising kids

What sickens me to see in society is many people jumping on the idea of raising kids with way less thought than it should be. You should base your decision on having kids on whether you have an ACTUALLY STABLE LIFE and will for the next 10 years.

And no, that does not mean working minimum wage at a dead-end job with a house you can barely pay rent for. But of course, this happens way too, and I mean WAY too often. Poor judgment often ends in child abuse, homelessness, and contributes to the problem of overpopulation.

We should not shame people for not having kids, and we should not normalize the idea of raising children regardless of life stability. Raising a child will inevitably be extremely difficult and it WILL cost loads of money. If you tend to underestimate difficulty, then you are not fit for this position, BUT THAT'S OKAY.

You shouldn't have a child just to show your significant other how much you love them, nor to increase your public reputation. Anyone who does this is simply weak-minded and must reconsider their values immediately.

6 Work

Work is MUCH harder than school, believe me. You have to stay for a select amount of time, most likely doing the same thing for many hours. Sometimes you have to work overtime for some reason.

At least with school, there are set times and all that.

7 Being depressed

I've never been diagnosed with depression before, so I'm not qualified to talk on the matter. But I've seen what depression does to someone. Three of my friends have had severe depression, and the effects (not visibly) were there. It hurt seeing them like that, but it hurts more to think about what they went through.

Depression can be really tough. Major Depressive Disorder is the worst. It can cause suicidal ideation, which is one of the hardest things to go through, in my opinion.

I am sort of depressed. I don't want to seek attention, but when the "cool" girls think you're "weird," life just gets tough.

8 Losing a loved one

I do not want my family to die and pray to God to take my life before my family, as my life is fully attached to my family members. I cannot live without them.

May God accept my wish and take my breath before my family. Peace.

This is actually a very heartbreaking experience. You are alive when everything seems depressing.

How is school number one? I agree that school is difficult, but losing a loved one is much harder.

9 Child birth

I'm sure this is very painful. I feel bad for people put through this. But I've heard that once it happens, you get such a feeling of joy that you don't even remember the pain.

Is anyone else in a sour mood today? Maybe it's just me.

Probably the hardest thing to go through at the time of actual childbirth, but also the most rewarding, I should imagine.

I'm glad I'm a guy. That has to be the most painful thing ever, besides getting stabbed, shot, limb ripped off, etc.

10 Unemployment

Up to childhood, you are safeguarded by someone dearest to you. But after studies, you depend on them for money, and safeguarding your life is worse during unemployment and long unemployment. You are forced into this situation. It cannot be explained in words, but in day-to-day life, it is the worst thing, and the people who have not realized this are the luckiest.

That must be so depressing. Always work hard to achieve what you want. If you dedicate your time and energy to your dreams (the things you want to be), nothing will stop you, no matter how hard it might get. When you have determination to achieve something, even the hard times will kneel down.

The Contenders
11 Having to move away

In 2nd grade, my mom told me we would be moving somewhere. I enjoyed the place I used to live in, had very close friends, and didn't want to go.

It was incredibly hard to say goodbye to the place I had loved for so long.

The only thing that would be hard about this for me is leaving all of the family members I have here.

12 Being alone

This is something that I constantly dwell on. I'm never invited over to a friend's house, so I usually stay in my house. And it hurts too, considering how everyone around me is constantly invited to someone else's house. Yet I never receive an invite. It seriously hurts. (And yes, I do express this to my therapist and close friends.)

Usually at lunch at school, I lay on the floor daydreaming while others chat and play. I know it's a silly and stupid thing to do, but I can't help it. Everyone's already got a friend while I'm just a lonely, unwanted figure whose only true "friends" at school are Mr. Classroom Wall and Ms. Classroom Floor.

13 Getting dumped

Getting dumped by your first love is a very hard thing in life.

14 Controlling your actions

I agree, this one is really hard because with all you have to do in this society, you can't make a slight mistake without being shouted at and things like that.

You have to be perfect in all of your actions.

I find it very difficult for me not to do bad things even though I know there will be no result from it.

I have anger management issues, and it results in me having meltdowns over stupid things. I feel extremely ashamed of myself after they happen.

15 Losing a pet

I have lost my horse named Midnight. I think she is dead by now. Also, my two dogs died, Bailey and Angel. What I heard was that someone else shot them or something. And also a cat named Zorro. He died when he got lost. We found him under our porch, dead.

ALSO, my cat Voodoo was the sweetest thing ever. She had seven kittens once. We kept two, Annabelle and Pepper. They are getting old though. But with Annabelle, she was super scared. Nobody could go near her. She knew that Voodoo lay down with me every day, and when Voodoo died, Annabelle came up to me. She's just like her mom.

My dog Hidie is very, very old, but she is still with us today and has a problem with her leg. Once I had a horse named Honey. She had a baby, then a few weeks later, we found her dead, laying in the field.

I had some dogs named Molly and Ziggy, but they died. One of them died of cancer and the other of old age. I have many more experiences with my other pets that I haven't mentioned, but this is all I have time for now.

16 Taxes
17 Asking your crush out

This is a pretty hard thing to do. I've only been through it once. Strictly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

That's hard to do, but it's not the hardest thing in life in my opinion.

18 Goodbyes

Going along with moving away, this was the hardest part of it. It's also incredibly hard in general, considering any normal goodbye (end of the school day) could be the last.

Being in a forbidden relationship with the love of your life and your parents moving you to another school just so you won't see him.

19 Divorce
20 Beating cancer

I was diagnosed with lung cancer when I was only 11 years old. Since I was so young, of course, I thought I would die. All my friends shut me out because they said, "I don't wanna be seen walking around in school with a bald person!" I felt like killing myself. Luckily, I beat cancer, and I am stronger than ever today with three times as many friends as I had before.

I was just told (after 10 years) that I beat cancer and was cured. Best day of my life, and probably (adding in the mental aspects) the hardest thing I have ever done.

21 Getting sick
22 Loving someone you can't have

Yes, it happens to me all the time. Some people tell me, "Come on, get over it!" Like you have no idea how much I've tried, but it doesn't work to control what my heart feels with my mind. So, what I am doing is just thinking and fantasizing about him while realizing that I probably haven't crossed his mind at all. I mean, how could that even be possible? He just feels like a soulmate.

This is something that should be way higher on the list. It's a mix of rejection and not feeling worthy.

23 Addiction
24 Finding love when your true love passes away

I think if you lose someone you really loved so much, there is no one in this world who can replace that person.

25 Succeeding

I know this is a rather complicated matter. Everybody has their own terms for calling their life a success after a long period of time. But I think it's the hardest thing to achieve regardless of your personal objectives.

If it was easy, everyone would do it. Most people go to school, though, so I don't see why it's at the top.

The self-sabotage, the pressure, the literal concept of success. It's all too much.

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