Make Lemonade Out Of Lemons
We do not always get what we want when we want them, this is life as we know it. Sometimes we dream big and make great plans only to see a little bit of those dreams become reality. In many cases, none of the things we dream of even becomes a reality.
One thing we can all relate to is this: When we were all kids, we all dreamed of becoming adults, having money and settling down simply because we thought adulthood was fun. Life slapped us all in the face and made us realize that we had been scammed! Adulthood is hard!
Repeat after me: Adulthood is HARD!
All of a sudden, we realize that we have so many responsibilities to attend to and we are finally at the point in our lives when we have no one but us to cater to our needs. These moments can be very depressing and social media makes it even worse. But all hope isn’t lost because there are reasons and seasons for everything.
I remember when I was 22. I had planned to settle down at the age of 25. I had dreamed of having an awesome job and maybe one or two kids by age 29. None of those happened. It was so sad to see those dreams die but now when I look back, I am glad that none of those happened at the time. You know why? Because I grew and learned and saw life from a different perspective.
First, let me say that I am more mature than I was when I made those plans. Those years of not getting what I wanted have taught me patience, they have made me more enlightened too. I’m doing things I would never have thought of doing— far better than what I had planned. This is because I learned to make lemonade out of the lemons life threw at me.
My point is this: life will hit you hard. Yes, the period will not be palatable but it’ll strengthen you. It’ll mold you into that which you ought to be and many times, it is far from what you can even imagine.
One thing I’ve come to realize is that there’s no such thing as “I am not where I’m supposed to be.” You are exactly where you ought to be regardless of whatever your plans and dreams are. You are in the moment and you’re being shaped for the future ahead. Listen, you can’t run ahead of time.
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying you shouldn’t make plans— I’m only saying that those plans may not be. And even if they become, they may not happen at the time you want them to and that is fine. However, you must be prepared for change and how you react to it really matters.
You can decide to whine and wail about your situation and keep comparing yourself to others who are on their different journeys or brace yourself, embrace the change while trusting God that everything will be fine in the end.
In other words, when life hits you with lemons, make lemonade and don’t forget to serve it chilled. 😉
Has life hit you with lemons? How did you make your lemonade? Do you think your life would have been better if you had oranges instead? Share your thoughts!
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