A Writer's 21st Century Memoir.

Life’s Lemons

They say when life gives you lemons you make lemonade, but often times you feel as though there aren’t enough sweeteners anywhere else no matter what you do to take the bitterness of life away. It’s in these times where you feel like just dumping the bitter lemonade on the floor and giving up, even though you shouldn’t. In these times you should rebuild this metaphorical lemonade with your own sweeteners and make the best damn lemonade that you possibly can make.

The majority of my friends and family right now are going through some tough times. Financial problems, relationship status changes, health problems, life shifts, or in my case all of the above. They call to tell me their frustrations, and often times they feel as though there is nothing they could do about their situations.

What I would like to offer these people is the advice that I’m currently living by right now, and that’s taking these hard times and using them as a time for reflection, rebuilding, and changing. Even in between driving halfway to Egypt and back for school or work, and having to deal with family, friends and just the regular struggles in life, I find just five minutes, whether it’s in the shower or driving to work or school to think about all the things that I do have, what I’m thankful for, and what I could do to change my situation. I then actively try and change whatever I can and learn to accept the things that I can’t change throughout my day.

I take lemons and make them into lemonade, and I do my research and reflect on ways to sweeten everything as best I can. I do know that shit just happens, but I find that you can always become a stronger person from these terrible times, and you can find others who are willing to be there with you as well.

Use this time to show yourself what you can do, and remember you’re not the only person going through this in the universe. There are people obviously in better situations and, seeing as you have access to internet whether you’re paying for it or not, there are also people far worse off than you, and by that I don’t mean to downplay your situation either. Life around you does go on however, and so, in the meantime, I encourage you to live in this life to the best of your abilities, and remember to enjoy it with those who you love and who are special to you.

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