Saturday, November 9, 2013

Real Life Hard

I don’t normally watch or read the news. I’ll skim over the headlines on the Yahoo or Comcast home pages but usually those alone are enough to make me sad. Today, though, an article was brought to my attention because of my friend Kim’s blog post.

Apparently Tom Cruise is comparing his time away from his daughter while filming movies to “a soldier’s tour in Afghanistan.” (See the full article here.) And no, this is not a joke. He tells them all about his ‘hard’ life of movie making saying things like, “There is difficult physical stamina and preparation,” he whined. “Sometimes I’ve spent months, a year, and sometimes two years preparing for a single film. A sprinter for the Olympics, they only have to run two races a day,” he continued. “When I’m shooting, I could potentially have to run 30, 40 races a day, day after day.” Poor, poor Tom.

Now you’re probably wondering why in the world I’m sharing this with you. Well, here’s why….Tom Cruise has no clue what a hard life is. Not real life hard as Kim puts it. “Making a movie may be a challenge, but its not real-life-hard. Making that movie is a choice, and one for which the participants are handsomely paid, NOT the case in the scenarios I just mentioned. Real life hard is fighting for your life on the battlefield, or against a disease…not pretending to do it for a paycheck.”

Real life hard is watching your kiddo hurt from a disease that has no known cause and no cure. It’s watching your child struggle through the side effects caused by the chemo meds that he has to take every week. It’s comforting a sick child who can’t sleep and has been sick with a ‘common’ cold for 7 weeks because his immune system is so out of sorts.

And friends, I know that our life with JA is hard at times but even our hard isn’t the worst real life hard. Some kiddos with JA are in and out of the hospital fighting for their life. Their parents sit at their bedside just praying that their child some how gets relief from pain. They deal with the news that their child’s liver is shutting down do to all the meds they’ve been on for so many years. Their child’s life hangs in the balance. And it’s not just kids with JA…there are so many children and adults out there that are fighting some horrible disease or worse, cancer.

Then there are the soldiers out there fighting for the things we take for granted. Honest to goodness heroes. Why do people so easily overlook these men and women? They willingly put themselves in harms way to protect us while the ones they love are home wondering if they will return. That is real life hard.

I know that nothing is going to change the spoiled life of Tom Cruise and honestly I don’t care. I believe that while he may seem to have it all he is missing out on so many of life’s true blessings. In a way I feel bad for him, but it’s due to the choices he made…that’s what created his hard life. So as you go about your day and read the news snippets remember those who are living with real life hard. Say a prayer for them. If you’re going through real life hard….here’s a HUGE hug from me to you. I know it sucks…it truly does. Let’s find something today to be thankful for and pray that tomorrow brings better things. xo