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By Ashley Kampman

March 19, 2020

I don’t know about you, but this last year of my life has sucked. Just absolutely sucked. 

Between multiple deaths in my extended family, a heartbreak, walking alongside a loved one’s miscarriage, and multiple health scares of significant people in my life… 

That isn’t even everything, but we can just stick with the highlights for now. 

Once and a while I tell myself that it could be worse. I mean... I logically know that it really could be. But realistically, it has sucked. 

Then this past week happened, and you see the entire world go into distress. 

My social newsfeed is bombarded with everything from complete panic to toilet paper memes. 

And for me, a little panic has started to set in. 

My world shifted on its axis a little bit. And for me, Covid-19 is the icing on the cake this year. I kept saying it could be worse and now it is so much worse. 

Needless to say, my little coping mechanisms aren’t working as well these days anymore because this affects so much more than just my family… my friends… and my own little heart. 

It affects my community… my country… all of humanity

With the affects so widespread, I find myself asking, “what do we do when life sucks?” 

Because this absolutely sucks more than I ever thought possible. 

From my experience this last year, I have been telling myself this motto… “embrace the suck.” Although I had been telling myself this while going through heartbreak, grief and loss, which is comparatively small potatoes to a potential global pandemic. I think it is quite fitting now.

Everyone. We need to just embrace the suck. When life sucks and we have to embrace it, we have to be flexible. 

Being flexible means, we are gracious with ourselves and others.

Being flexible means, we do what we can with what we have.

Being flexible means, we move the plan around little and maybe even make changes.

Being flexible means that we don’t intentionally contribute to the sucky-ness.

Being flexible means that we let God be God and we surrender.

So, what do we do when life sucks? We embrace the suck. And it just so happens that we are all in this together. So, let’s embrace the suck together.