When times get hard, just keep pushing through it.
Mother To Son by: Langston Hughes
A mother gives her son inspiration to keep pushing through no matter what life throws at him. She say's life isn't easy, and to get through it you can't give up.
"LIFE FOR ME AIN'T BEEN NO CRYSTAL STAIR."
When this is said, the woman means that life has not been handed to her. She means that she had to work for everything she has.
You have more respect for something if you had to work hard to get it, because you remember how long it took you to get it.