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5 Things About Getting Older That Shouldn't Have Surprised Me ... But Did

4) It's harder than I expected: High school seemed hard until I got to college. College seemed hard until I got a full-time job. The full-time job seemed hard until I started working for myself. Everything is like that. Gaining weight is easy while losing weight is hard. Blowing up a friendship is easy while keeping a friend is hard. Wasting money is easy, but keeping a financial house in order is hard. Torpedoing a relationship is easy, but keeping it running smoothly is hard.

It does vary at least. There are times when everything just falls into place, but there always seems to be a lull before the storm clouds start gathering and you either have to bail out of the boat or sink. That's not a bad thing. After all, if life were too easy, we'd get bored, and if you can make something fantastic out of the time you'd otherwise spend vegged out in front of the TV, it's worth it even if it's more work, isn't it?

But, when I was young, I just thought it would all be easier. It was only when I got older that I realized that facing and overcoming challenges is a big part of what makes life worthwhile. If life were really as easy as I had imagined it would be one day, suicide driven by boredom would undoubtedly be the leading cause of death.