Hard is difficult. It is also firm, solid, densely packed. Hard is protective, a shell is hard. Hard to hear, hard to see, hard is a challenge to overcome. What seemed hard at the start can now be easy, like playing an instrument or doing Sudoku. Hard can be fun too, like when I take on a hard puzzle and find the answer (feels good). Hard times are when ordinary things were difficult, like during a war
Something can be hard, in the mind, and thus becomes hard in reality. When I believe tying my shoes is hard, that can be a real challenge. Then Grandpa shows me four different ways to do it and now the only hard part is to choose one to use. Perception of hard, brings hard with it. Grandparents find different things harder than grandchildren do. These two groups ought to talk more. There would be less hard for both
I can be hard in my stance on a particular topic or rule. We start work at 8am, period, not a minute later. That can be hard to like for both the one making and keeping the rule and the ones who are trying to live life around it. Hard edges on furniture or cars or… most things, can be dangerous if I hit them as I go by. Most things are nicer with a bit of softness around the edges. Including personalities
Hard speaks to resilience and consistency. I can be hard enough to withstand temptation. Some would say bravo. Some would call me a hard-nosed, uhm, something. To be unyielding can be helpful, people will count on me, and stressful, people are counting on me. To be hard in my expectations of you, that can be tough, hard. And… it can be a compliment to believe in each other so strongly. Can be
To be hard core is to believe through and through and to act accordingly, always, and, a host of other must do and must be requirements. Hard core will discount anything other than what it believes is the core worthy of being hard core about. The list of requirements can be lengthy and the backlash from other hard core types if I venture even a little bit out of the lines, not good. What is between hard core and soft core?