1. Ever since the husband died the family have been living a financially difficult life.2. Ever since my wife left me for another man I have been living days as if they were years.
 live a difficult life live days as if they were years度日如年比喻日子不好過，白話的翻出即可.
In Taiwan, a male adult may request the alternative military service if he cannot do the mandatory military serice for a valid reason.