Life Is Not Easy

Life Is Not Easy
by Chris Cook

Living a purposeful life that satisfies
is a difficult thing.
But life is not easy!
Being a man isn’t easy.
Being a white man isn’t easy.
Being a white all-American man with a degree from Harvard isn’t easy.
Being a white all-American man with a degree from Harvard coming from a family with two loving-married-educated parents who provided an upper middle class suburban life isn’t easy.
Being a (fill-in-the-blank) isn’t easy.
I sit at the top of the game of life
… at least by many measurements.
Not the 1%, but most likely top 10. And still…
Life isn’t easy.
If it’s not easy for me, how can it be easy for anyone?
Living a purposeful life that satisfies
is a difficult thing.
I’m not complaining or bragging.
I’m not trying to dismiss,
drawing lines accentuating or diminishing
race,
gender, or
socio-economic status.
I’m stating facts:
Life is a challenge.
But to focus on this fact – from wherever I sit – probably won’t satisfy.
I’ve been stuck in that “life isn’t easy” place for too long.
Living a purposeful life that satisfies
is a difficult thing.
But it’s the goal.
Let’s talk about something else.
Let’s talk about how to make purpose and satisfaction a reality.
Please, let me think and talk about how I can mold my life toward purpose and satisfaction.
Question: What adds purpose to my life? Let me pursue that…
Question: What adds satisfaction to my life? Let me pursue that…
My guess, even with these questions clear and pursuits underway
Life still won’t be easy.
But an “easy life” was never the goal.
Was it?

About Chris Cook

Chris Cook is the Director of the 9th Grade Academy at a Boston-area charter school with an explicit emphasis in it's mission on lifelong character growth.

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