“Life’s a bitch and then you die” was, according to the wonderful world wide web of writers, first made public by Nas in an album (ref). Sometimes it does seem like everything is against you and life really isn’t that much of a mensch (what I think of as the antithesis of a bitch). For some, this is what life is. A cold, black sea of bad punctuated by islands of glorious sunshine and palm trees, however small and short-lived.
Then there are some who see the dark times as troughs and the islands as peaks but live mostly on the plains. Which one are you and is there really a difference?