It ain’t always easy being Canadian Aaron Hutchins on north of the 49th parallel problems Aaron Hutchins February 11, 2013 Follow @hutchins_aaron Twitter Facebook Google+ Share LinkedIn Reddit Email Twitter Facebook Google+ Share LinkedIn Reddit Email 0 [View the story “It ain’t always easy being Canadian” on Storify] It ain’t always easy being Canadian Storified by Maclean’s Magazine· Mon, Feb 11 2013 18:22:07 Most Canadians would agree it’s pretty sweet being Canadian. We are the fifth happiest nation in the world, according to the United Nations World Happiness Report. Canada is also in the top five of the world economic freedom rankings, ninth in the wind energy rankings and the reigning men and women’s Olympic hockey champions. Despite these accomplishments, there are still some things to overcome when living north of the 49th parallel, as emphasized by the hashtag #strugglesofbeingcanadian, which was trending on Twitter over the weekend. Here’s a look at some so-called Canadian problems: #StrugglesOfBeingCanadian trying to draw the maple leafCaitlin Thibodeau #strugglesofbeingcanadian awkwardly running for the door that someone is holding for you 30 feet away.Mehwish Somani #strugglesofbeingcanadian your sock coming off with your snowbootNat #strugglesofbeingcanadian http://pic.twitter.com/HWjCB0PRIshaan Sharma #strugglesofbeingcanadian It’s almost spring! Nah, just kidding.. Here’s a massive snowstorm instead.Cause We’re Canadian #strugglesofbeingcanadian http://pic.twitter.com/1D5oehTcamanda ✿ #strugglesofbeingcanadian the debate between fashion or freezing to deathCause We’re Canadian #StrugglesOfBeingCanadian FAVOURITE. Stupid auto correct eh?§haun Saying sorry to someone who bumps into YOU…#strugglesofbeingcanadian http://pic.twitter.com/ro7GGl8qAndie254 #StrugglesOfBeingCanadian colouring Nunavut on a map.Imperfect Porcelain #strugglesofbeingcanadian http://pic.twitter.com/L0CLFJoqKennedy “@CanGirlProblems: "Hey do these Uggs clash with my bar outfit?" #StrugglesOfBeingCanadian” @LILw00342 @melyssacaraDest #strugglesofbeingcanadian People always blame you for Nickleback.Pope Von Linguini™ #strugglesofbeingcanadian Going to another country and there’s no TimmiesJean-Claude Acuna ™✈ #StrugglesOfBeingCanadian when snow goes down the top of your boots because it’s so deeptaylor⋆ #strugglesofbeingcanadian http://pic.twitter.com/cSOnUC4SDGK™ #strugglesofbeingcanadian Shovel driveway. *10 minutes later* shovel driveway.CALIWLIW Trying not to look at the U.S. price when buying a book. #strugglesofbeingcanadian http://pic.twitter.com/AHj59NqoFabiola Carletti #strugglesofbeingcanadian http://pic.twitter.com/1AhAytNkLaraMoshe #strugglesofbeingcanadian Buying 200 coffees during the Tim Hortons ‘Roll Up The Rim’ contest, and only winning a doughnut.Heather R. #StrugglesOfBeingCanadian spell check is Americanized. It’s colour not "color", frigEric Wilcox #strugglesofbeingcanadian http://pic.twitter.com/FRc0aCXJriley #strugglesofbeingcanadian having only 2 seasons: snow and construction.Mel #strugglesofbeingcanadian nothingGood luck Bryan Twitter Facebook Google+ Share LinkedIn Reddit Email Filed under: NOTED ON TWITTER Advertisement About this author Aaron Hutchins Macleans.ca editor Aaron Hutchins writes about business, culture and the lives of Canadians. He once wrote a story about One Direction too, which makes him the resident boy band expert (reluctantly). Other articles Where everybody knows your name—because your name's Chewbacca Bitcoin: A new fixture at one Canadian university + 2 more posts this week Advertisement Post navigation Previous A peek at Maclean’s 2015 Newsmakers issue Next Read the best we have to offer with the new Maclean’s app.