‘Life Is Beautiful, Life Is Hard’ Mural Becomes Key Site For Those Struggling

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At a glance

  • A new mural containing simple but profound words — “Life is so beautiful. Life is so hard” — as well as accompanying painting and imagery is resonating deeply in Durham, North Carolina, and becoming a popular destination for people who are struggling with personal challenges.
  • For its rare message of understanding and compassion amid tough personal challenges, people are flocking to it — with many taking photos and sharing them with others, according to Duke Today.
  • Kate Bowler, a cancer survivor and Duke Divinity School associate professor of American religious history, wrote the words in her best-selling memoir, “Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved.”

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