When life gives you lemons… It’s a saying we hear all the time that normally ends with ‘make lemonade.’ When we take something we’re used to, like this saying, it closely resembles something we do every day in our own lives – we auto-fill in the blank. Instead of saying, ‘make lemonade’, I challenge you to not just make lemonade, but make a cake, cocktails, dinner, lighten your hair, make cleaning supplies, etc. (seriously though, there are so many things you can do with lemons). The point here is that you get to chose your outcome to those good things that come in your life, and they don’t just have to be the same thing over and over again.
It’s a funny saying really. “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” The saying itself is so positive, but if someone was to give me a lemon and I decided to bite it instead of making something out of it, it would just be a really sour taste in my mouth. There is pressure and work put into this gift that turned it into the positive saying it is.
If you have a garden, you can’t just plant something and expect it to grow. You have to cut and prune and weed and fertilize it in order for your garden to blossom and expand. The same concept applies to life. Whatever it is you want to grow in, you’ll have to put in the time, effort, and passion.
Over the past few years, I’ve learned a lot about mental health. It’s not something I learned much about growing up. Your outlook is really up to yourself. You can choose to blame your circumstance on other things – like what life gives you. Or, you can decide to be happy with it, then create more happiness by applying your drive. You also get to chose what to do with what you have in your life. You don’t have to do what everyone expects you to do, and you shouldn’t. Do what makes you happy because your mental state can determine everything else around you.
I’m a strong believer of ‘if you think it, it will happen’. For example, if you think you only have one lemon, you’ll only do what you think one lemon can do. If you think you have a ton of lemons, you’ll do what it would take a ton of lemons to do. Bad example? Okay, maybe I’m taking the lemon thing too far, but trying to keep it relatable here. Another example – if you don’t think you have any friends, odds are you’re mentally secluding yourself. If you think you have friends, and truly believe you do, those friends will come. I dare you to try it in all aspects of your life! Now, you can’t sit there and think ‘i’m a millionaire’ and expect to open your wallet to tons of money. You still have to be realistic, but seriously give it a try.
I learned about that theory in You Are a Badass, one of my favorite self-help books. There are a ton of great take away points from it, so I highly recommend the read. I just got The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck and am super excited to report back to y’all on what I’ve learned and applied!
Now when life gives you lemons, don’t waste them. Take a minute to decide where you want to grow and put your back into it. You won’t regret following your passions!
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