When my children are struggling with hard things I have an expression that I say to them “life is hard and then you die.”  Of course they know I am mostly joking, and life is hard but it is also sweet, fun, exciting, and worth doing. Life gives me the opportunity to learn new things, to experience the joys and even sorrows of family life and the time to become a better person. Because of the hard times and the sorrows that are inherent in living I am able to enjoy the good times and happiness of life more fully.  Since I don’t like feeling bad or sad it is that contrast of the bad and hard times against the good that pushes me to seek for the good in life. Time has taught me that sorrow ends and if I hang in there long enough I will be happy again. I don’t know if I’m an optimist but life has taught me that sad and bad don’t last forever.