One of those self-evident truths!
My friend Susan and I once had a friend from Austria who solemnly announced one evening, “Life is one of the most difficult things.” Compared to what? we wondered.
For this distraught teenager, one has to ask, Isn’t a teenager’s life adolescence ALL the time?
But both statements translate well as deep sighs of despair, and neither needs clearer elaboration to make it true. Adolescence is hard. Life is difficult.
I think that’s what they meant, and I have to agree.