Like you start out on a quest to find something and lose everything else by the time you find the original thing?
I'll go with a skiing example. You have everything but your goggles. You're looking for those. Some how you drop or misplace your coat while looking for them, set your socks down or lose one, forget where your boots were, and by the time you find your goggles, you're still fucked.
Idk. Life was a struggle today. Was on part 3 of a mission to my parents to find my dragon goggles and stash of ski socks. Never found them and in the mean time, misplaced a phone, a bunch of money, and other things. Took an hour just to find the things that I lost while looking for my goggles and I never did find them.
That said, I eventually found the other things, and I found 3 and a half pair of socks in the process. I'll take that as a small victory.