Sometimes the best parts of life are also the hardest

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.  Sometimes the most awesome chapters in life are also the hardest

A friend and I were recently bemoaning the fact that life never feels settled. We would quite like things to be stable and boring for awhile, thanks. But it seems adulthood involves accepting that things are never quite that easy.

In fact, some of the best times in my life have also been the toughest in other ways.

A couple of examples:

Last year felt good for me professionally, but was decidedly terrible for him workwise. I didn’t get to enjoy my hefty raise, as it went towards supporting us both.

Italy was my favourite European country to visit – yes, for the sights, but mainly for the food. Oh, the food – it changed both of our lives forever. And yet, it was also incredibly hard at times. We hit two real low points there: an awful train ride where I honestly thought I would need to continue on the rest of the trip alone, and getting lost looking for our first hotel in Naples, ending with a thrown backpack and a subsequent water leak. Oh, and  a couple of days later (still in Naples) I found myself crying on the street … the last straw was something like being unable to find anywhere that would sell me the train ticket I wanted.

Fate – it gives with one hand and takes with the other.

5 thoughts on “Sometimes the best parts of life are also the hardest

  • Reply Steph (@ 20 Years Hence) June 9, 2015 at 10:34

    I think Naples might just have that effect on people. When I was traveling back in 2005 with a close friend of mine, literally the ONLY fight we had was in Naples, while lost looking for our hotel. We did not get to the backpack-throwing stage of things, but came close.

  • Reply Clarisse @ Make Money Your Way June 9, 2015 at 12:27

    I agree with this one, when my parents decided to moved here in our current city, that was the best part of our life because we own our dream house. But the hardest part was I need to leave my childhood friends and we had a difficult time because there were no water line before.

  • Reply nicoleandmaggie June 10, 2015 at 03:43


    Here’s hoping for some more “best ofs” in the future without the offsetting “worst ofs.”

  • Reply Jayson @ Monster Piggy Bank June 10, 2015 at 20:30

    Life is beautiful. Even though the best parts of life are also the hardest, we should embrace it as is and take the challenges with high hope.

  • Reply Untemplater June 11, 2015 at 02:11

    I can really relate to this. I went on an incredible trip with a close friend once only to later to find out my friend had been lying to me about all sorts of stuff when I thought we were closer than ever. Now my memories of that trip are all conflicted. Life, relationships, family, why is it all so complicated? You said it well, Fate – it gives with one hand and takes with the other.

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