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Could you help me understand what "Life gets in the way!" means? Thanks.

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Sure. I'll do it now! :-) –  Chris's sister Sep 6 '12 at 17:12
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"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.". From John Lennon, "Beautiful Boy". General Reference/Not Constructive. –  FumbleFingers Sep 6 '12 at 17:13
    
@FumbleFingers: everybody should read and understand this quote at least once in life. A very profound meaning! –  Chris's sister Sep 6 '12 at 18:01
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Did you say "wife gets in the way"? –  asymptotically Sep 6 '12 at 23:22
    
I'm shocked to see that my question is closed and moreover the reason for that is closed! It's just the question of a foreigner. –  Chris's sister Sep 11 '12 at 19:27

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It normally means that the routine of day-to-day living throws up obstacles to doing whatever it is that the speaker wants to do.

For instance:

I want to go to dance classes, but there's never enough time in the evenings, after work and cooking. Life gets in the way!

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is it something like: "Routine of day-to-day living hampers me from doing things I'd like to do"? If so, then everything is clear. –  Chris's sister Sep 6 '12 at 17:17
    
Yes, although I think you mean hampers or hinders. It also covers non-routine matters, such as occasional emergencies - e.g. "I was going to go to the dance class, but the car needed an oil change that day. Life just keeps getting in the way!" –  Spinner Sep 6 '12 at 17:19
    
yeah. Just a typo! Thanks for your help! –  Chris's sister Sep 6 '12 at 17:20
    
I have a lot of questions about English language, but I wouldn't like to become annoying and try to rarely ask questions. :-) –  Chris's sister Sep 6 '12 at 17:23
    
@Chris's sister: Don't take it to heart if some of your questions get closed for being General Reference - what you don't know, you don't know. But the site exists to answer (on-topic) questions, so just keep asking, and only worry if people downvote the question (that usually means you didn't ask "properly", so there should be something you can do to improve your next question). –  FumbleFingers Sep 6 '12 at 18:16

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