Sticking to an exercise program and making it to the gym when you don't feel like it is hard. So is not being able to enjoy a beach vacation because you don't feel comfortable with your body.
It's tough to consistently get enough fruits and vegetables and to fuel your body in a beneficial way. It's also tough having low energy levels, poor concentration, and mood swings that come with poor nutritional choices.
Reading and prioritizing self-development is hard. So is staying stuck and never tapping into your full potential.
It's incredibly difficult to do the deep questioning and reflecting required to discover one's purpose. It's also difficult looking back on a life of going through the motions.
Putting in the work necessary to have long and meaningful relationships is hard. So is never experiencing love.
It's tough to limit "time wasters" like social media and television. It's also tough always feeling like there's never enough time in the day.
Taking a leap of faith and betting on yourself can be scary. But not as scary as being on your deathbed and wondering "what if..."
It can be hard to say no to alcohol, drugs, and other addictive substances. It's also hard to deal with their consequences.
It's not easy to do what is required to take care of your body and your mind, but neither is being sick.
Being consistent is hard. So is beating yourself up for never being able to follow-through.
It's tough to prioritize time with your spouse or partner, to be committed, and to work through differences or misunderstandings. Divorce and breakups are tough, too.
Leaving work at work so you can come home and be fully present with your kids is hard. So is not being the parent you said you were going to be.
It's tough to save a percentage of each paycheck and to avoid purchasing things you can't truly afford. So is not being able to retire.
Too many of us are running from hard. We act as if we can avoid it. What I'm discovering is that struggles in life are inevitable.
What if life is simply choosing where you want to experience pain and struggle?