Some imagine that a life of prosperity, wealth, and ease is a sign that one has 'made it'. If this were so then the richest people in the world and the most famous would be the happiest. We all know better, but we imagine that if we could only take their place, we'd be the happy ones.
We are not defined by our successes, but rather by our ability to continually overcome adversity. Overcoming assumes there is something to be climbed over. Something that maybe you can't even see over. Sometimes it means getting up just one more time, one more day. Hardships are the black velvet against which our life is viewed. And real gems show to advantage on black.
It's like riding a motorcycle on a curve. You must lean towards the curve to stay in balance, although it's somewhat counterintuitive. "Lean into your fears. You bring light with you." I once heard a preacher say.
So next time you get blindsided by a random struggle of life, and it may be sooner rather than later, lean in. Trust the process. And fight for all you're worth to get to the other side.
There is another side.