Just some random thoughts on life and hard times. I think its good to go through a really bad time at least once in a life time. Like an economic recession which brings to light all the inefficiencies, incompetence and scandals, so does tough personal times. You get to know who your good friends are and the not so good ones. It helps you realize who your true friends are and who like you for what you are and not for what you should be in their eyes. Your not so good friends will be the ones who make unfair judgements about you by relying on hearsays without bothering to get the complete story. Like a recession which weeds out inefficient firms, hard times weeds out those in your friend circle who may not after all be the best for you or your happiness.
In short, recession has its own benefits and so does hard times. Use it to your advantage.