The first truth is the one I've been feeling the most today. It states "Now this, monks, is the noble truth of stress: Birth is stressful, aging is stressful, death is stressful; sorrow, lamentation, pain, distress, & despair are stressful; association with the unbeloved is stressful, separation from the loved is stressful, not getting what is wanted is stressful. In short, the five clinging-aggregates are stressful."
By aggregates, it is meant form, sensation, feelings, thoughts, and the ability to observe these things. All five of these things can potentially be the cause of suffering.
I've been feeling a lot of suffering this last year. I know many of us have. I've personally had a loss in my life greater than I've ever experienced and have struggled to carry on. It seemed for a time that the deaths of those close to us and have been part of our culture are no longer with us such as Prince and Bowie. And we've finished the year by electing a president that for many of us represents the shadow, the id, the worst parts of our culture.
And here we are. And this is life. And it's stressful. As I've heard more than a few times, "The truth will set you free, but first it will piss you off."