This is the toughest thing in life


No matter how adventurous you are, how many life-threatening situations you’ve been put in, or how many ‘near-death experiences’ you might have faced, but that’s all easy as compared to seeing the actual reality of our life.

Facing reality is the toughest thing that you’ll ever do in your life. When we are in our schools, our major concern is to just study hard and play hard. As we grow up and enter our colleges, all our focus is on passing the next exam and just have the time of our lives meanwhile!

Reality begins after we have completed our studies and when we have to encounter the actual hardship of our life. The fear of ‘finding a stable source of income’, ‘finding that perfect soulmate’, and just living a ‘comfortable life’. But is real life that simple and peaceful and easily available? NO. We have to figure it out by experimenting, failing at it, and finally finding something worth living for!

But why does nobody talk about the ‘reality of life’ before that? Why are we told to live in a ‘fool’s paradise’ because we are ‘too young’ to understand the ‘reality of life’?

Why don’t we talk about all the real things?

Why don’t we talk about the actual truth? Why is it said that we should be fair and friendly towards everyone when we are a kid but as we are growing up we are told that some people will never match ‘our status’ and we have to ‘treat them differently’?

Why don’t we talk about that money is the actual currency of life without which humans can’t survive, whereas in our childhood we were told to prioritize love, friendship, and true relationships? Why weren’t we told then that money and status will always have an upper hand?

Why weren’t we told that all the theorems and formulas that we are crying over to memorize them will never be used in the actual life and instead we should study the ‘reality of life’?

Why were we always told that ‘you’re too young to understand’ and expected us to behave maturely at the same time? Such an ironic society we live in, I must say!

We live in a fool’s paradise

Our society is two-faced. On one hand, we are taught to behave in a certain manner, live in peace and harmony with others, and not argue with our elders.

But what happens in the reality? We behave as others behave with us, we don’t treat everyone equally no matter how much we fight for our equality and rights, and well arguing with elders is all because of conflicting mindset due to generation gap.

But the question is why aren’t we taught to face the hardship of life at a young age so that when the time comes, we don’t remain clueless about what should be our next move.

Half of our mid-twenties is spent on ‘figuring out the real world and how it works’ when we should be spending that on our career and exploring ourselves.

We are forced to make a life decision for the rest of our lives when we have just started to experience the true ‘real-life’. Is that even fair? These are the questions that we should be arguing on and find a ‘real solution’ to it. But all these topics remain so ‘hush-hush’ that nobody really talks about it and just silently live with it.

Well, nothing is fair in this world. We just try to make our peace and ‘live with it’. And yes, that’s so sad! 

All I wish for is that maybe 20 or 30 years down the line, students are taught about the reality they’ll have to face in their lives ahead and how to tackle ‘real-world problems’ instead of forcefully memorizing some formula or theorem.

Because if we have to live in a society where we preach something else and act on something else, it’s better if both are the same for our sanity!

What are your views on the same? Do you also feel that facing the ‘real-life’ is the toughest part or not? I want to know that in the comments below! Let’s have a broad-minded discussion!

Until then, live positively and happily!

DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author’s own.

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