At times, each and every person goes through hard times in her/his life. It is life. As human beings, we grow the most during periods of change and learning. Some trials are worse than others; I must admit that.
For instance, when my mother passed away unexpectedly, I thought I would never sleep another night without getting snot-nosed and blubbery before being able to close my eyes and get the essential rest my body demanded. Then to compare my school challenges with that, I really don't ever cry over my homework (it has been close sometimes). Knowing that struggles work on a sliding scale doesn't change the fact that I have hard days because of school, kids, or whatever, but it helps me recognize that through my worst trials I have been able to find the light and knowledge I was supposed to learn from them. Mind you, it has been much, much later than in the moment for some things, but I recognize that I have grown and learned from some seriously tough stuff over the years.
The past few months have been crammed with intense emotional, mental, and physical trials for me--an absolute barrage of setbacks and stress. Whenever I have a moment to ponder on the insanity of my life, I strive to seek what I could be learning -- in the moment -- from what is happening around and to me. Just so you know, I can't always understand or find the lesson, but it helps to be seeking for understanding.
Whatever it is you are troubled with, I know that things have a way of working out and turning into something wonderful if you make good choices in the midst of the problem. I haven't been around forever, but I have had enough life experience to know that the old saying "time heals all wounds" is real. You are never the same after being wounded, but you can heal.
Also, I don't know if this is very original or what, but a friend was talking about problems and so forth and I said that I was just surviving lately. This is what my friend said to my response: "Sometimes just surviving is an accomplishment".
Isn't that fabulous? I think I need to make a sign out of that and put it on a wall in my house that I walk by all the time.