Pharaoh said to Jacob, “How many are the years of your life?” And Jacob said “The years of my existence are a hundred and thirty years. Few and difficult have been the days of the years of my life…” When Pharaoh asks Jacob about the years of his life, Jacob distinguishes between his existence and his life. He’s existed for 130 years, but he’s only lived for a few difficult years. R. Hirsch explains that existence is about living, but life is about living with purpose. Jacob told Pharaoh that although he’s existed for many years, few of those years were lived with real purpose and they were difficult years. Even for Jacob, a life full of purpose was not something he achieved easily.