This is exactly why I create word games in my mind when people are talking most of the time... It keeps me engaged in what they're saying. Otherwise I would just zone out from the tedium of their words droning on and on.
Being weak doesn't mean you've had an easy life, and being strong doesn't mean you've had a hard one. But strong people never seem to me to have had an easy life, because there would be barely any mistakes to learn from or falls to pick yourself up from.