As the old saying goes: “When Life throws you lemons, make lemonade.” And of course, like most cliche’s, they are relevant and ALWAYS easier said than done.
Life has been throwing me some whopper lemons in the past few weeks, and not to “piss in my own pocket”, but so far, I’ve been pretty good and am casually sipping on hypothetical lemonade. Touch Wood. I’m not sure why, I’m not sure how, but it is happening and I can’t help but anticipate the next gulp I take is going to be really sour. Anyway, that’s not what this post is about.
How to make Hypothetical Lemonade
Step 1. Catch the lemons, no matter how many, no matter how fast they are being hurled at you, you catch every single one. You focus, you take everything in, you let yourself experience what is happening, but you do not, I repeat, you DO NOT lose your head. You stay 100% focused and breathe.
Step 2. Once you have caught and collected your lemons you take a few minutes to gather your thoughts.
Step 3. Take as much time as you need to scream, cry, run, laugh, punch, clean, meditate, yoga, shower or anything else that helps you release any stress or tension built up from being so focused on catching life’s lemons.
Step 4. Once you have completed step three, take some time to analyse your lemons. Look at them closely and think about how they make you feel. Now this process may take some time especially if the lemons look real battered and bruised and you can’t see any possibility of making any lemonade with them. Once you let yourself feel these things, your lemons will begin to look a lot more appealing. You know what? Smell them, scratch them, roll them around your hands then cut them in half and remove all of your seeds. Don’t miss a single one.
Step 5. Take in the beautiful aroma’s and envision the beautiful lemonade you will be sipping on soon. Start squeezing the lemons and get every single last bit of juice out of them. While you’re squeezing them, think about what each lemon has taught you. Why was it thrown at you? What can you learn from it?
Step 6. Once juiced, add some sugar. Take the possible reasons or learnings from your lemons and add a positive, sweet little twist to them, maybe even a little bit of mint. Figure out a way to implement what you have learned and let it resonate through the rest of your life. Don’t let your suffering and pain be for nothing. Sweeten it up a bit and make it a little easier to digest.
Step 7. Chill your hypothetical lemonade. Sit on it for a while. Wait for the mint and the sugar to infuse. Really take in the process you have just carried out.
Step 8. Sit down, and sip on your beautiful, delicious hypothetical lemonade. Reflect and remember you made this lemonade from Life’s lemons and I promise you, it will be delicious. Sweet and delicious.
Note: Whilst carrying out steps three to eight I would recommend keeping active and doing what ever you can to release any emotion or stress that may overwhelm you suddenly. A suggestion is to carry out any form of exercise that gets your blood pumping and oxygenates your blood. Also, take all the time you need to express your emotions and feel whatever it is your feeling. It is apart of the juicing process.
A recommendation I have to help get you back into the swing of life is to make lists and ask for help whenever you need it. List’s are genius and crossing off things from that list is so goddam satisfying!
P.s – Now I want some homemade lemonade.. for reals.