When you are on the Struggle Bus, life is just going against you.
If someone says they are riding the “struggle bus” or they’re on the “struggle bus”, they are humorously indicating that they are struggling with some tasks or challenges in their life at the moment.
It especially refers to tests that are originally pretty simple to handle, but of some reason they seem particularly hard at the time.
Maybe you are struggling with these easy tasks because you have a lot on your plate, or because you have a lack of sleep – it doesn’t matter, you are on the “struggle bus”.
If you spill your morning coffee, then can’t find your car keys, followed by repeatedly turning back because you forget something, consequently being late for work – you’re riding the “struggle bus”!
Origin of the meme
According to Dictionary.com, “struggle bus” was first recorded in the beginning of the millenium, somewhere between 2000 and 2005.
It is called struggle “bus” because a bus goes through multiple bus stops on its way, each bus stop representing a new, ridiculous struggle you have to go through.
Spread of the meme
Author Josh Woods released his book Struggle Bus: The Van. The Myth. The Legend. in February 2020, taking his readers on an adventure full of challenges with his family of 11.
Country musician Clayton Anderson released his single “Struggle Bus” May 8th, 2020, and is described as a ‘country song for the modern world’, describing the challenges of today’s youth.
- Dictionary.com – Struggle bus
Government Executive – 5 Things to Do When You’re Riding the Struggle Bus