Seriously, if we stop to think about it, SOME parts of life are really NOT that hard. Others are very hard, yes, but the parts that come with the rule book no . . . not so hard. If we are unsure which parts are in the rule book, below is an abridged version I found, but if you are like me you will realize - you already know 'em don't you? So, lets just make all of our lives a lot easier - and follow them!
Abridged Version, In No Particular Order:
Rule #1 Pay your damn bills (real rule book does not swear) and anything else you owe - FIRST. Well, I guess that does mean we need a 4th grade math education because we have to add up all our expenses and subtract it from what we make . . . again - not that hard. Where this gets hard I guess (besides unemployment, bad economy, etc.) is that this beautiful life has so much to offer and lots of other people have it and we might want it too and so yes, it can really suck to have to witness that and not be able to or know how to have the same. For example, I sometimes regret being a teacher in a VW Jetta instead of a gazillionaire in my own private JETta. Oh well. Get a good therapist and get over it or figure out how to have what they have too.
Rule #2 If you are a liar, stop lying. Don't lie to yourself and don't lie to others. To lie is to cheat and cheating is not following the rules. On the other hand, if you are like me and have sometimes believed there was no elephant in the room and never had been an elephant in the room, even when elephant shit was all over the floor - take a deep breath and get the hell out of there!
Rule #3 Eat right and exercise, then accept the body you have. This isn't easy, but it isn't that hard (the eat right/exercise part) either so its sort of heartbreaking when we don't do it. If a girl with one leg can run a marathon then we can take a few walks every week and eat more apples than we do chips. Your body isn't a temple or anything (that's kind of weird), but it is pretty important. Take care of it . . . and when you get down because it still isn't perfect - try watching a guy who was born without arms and legs tell a room full of teenagers how much he loves life.
Rule #4 We must not make babies if we can't afford them or have no idea how to also make . . . a DECENT HUMAN BEING & CITIZEN! Enough said.
Rule #5 Floss.
It's possible this list is not complete and there are more basic "Life is not so Hard Rules." Post 'em here if you think so, 'cause I can't be bothered.
Certainly there is a Part II, about all the things that make life really hard. Nonetheless,
"Go placidly amid the noise and the haste and remember . . . even with all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world." - Max Ehrmann, Desiderata