- Category: Rain in Style
- Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018
- Written by Lorraine Serbinski
You make lemonade. Or so that's how the saying goes. Sometimes life has a way about it...handing you things that you didn't ever really want. I know this is a style blog, and I often run off on these little tangents, but sometimes I like to speak from the heart. Not that my heart isn't in style, because it most definitely is. But, switching it up a little bit every now and then is good for the soul. Someone should tell my kids that...so they will get off the chicken nugget train.
These past few weeks have brought all of us here in Virginia a bit of winter weather. Which is great if you are a kid, not so much as an adult. If life handed out lemons in the form of snow....I suppose we all could build a fort to hide in until it's sunny again. You know, because a snow fort is awesome - mine would come complete with a wine bar. I'd need the wine, because snow and I...we don't get along. If you don't already know, I am not a fan of snow. LOL. When it snows, I swear I see the snowflakes as lemons. Having my kids here at home for weeks at a time is tough. I won't hide the fact that I struggle with so much togetherness. Often it leaves me feeling claustrophobic and anxious. It just so happened that this recent winter weather came right after winter break, so the kids were in school all of one day in 20 days or so... but who's counting??
Sometimes, life has a lot lof lemons to give away. They come in all different sizes, strengths, and weights. Some are easy to handle...easy to create something better with. Others are solid and heavy, those are the ones that are more likely to weigh you down. Sometimes, it feels like that is all life has for you...the heavy lemons, the ones that are too hard to carry. A bit of winter weather that messes up work days and has everyone sick with cabin fever, isn't a heavy lemon. Sometimes, it takes something bigger to make us see that. Or maybe just to make me see that.
I have both types of lemons. We probably all do. What I want to encourage everyone to do, is not to let the heavy ones drag you down but let the lighter ones lift you up. Use those light lemons as a stepping stone..use them to make the best lemonade that you can. So when the heavy ones come along, and you are struggling to hold them, that lemonade will remind you that you CAN. You can choose to make the best ever paperweight out of the heavy ones, or use them as weights on your olympic bar to make yourself stronger.
But whatever you do, don't confuse the two. I need a reminder of this myself. Don't confuse the light lemons for heavy ones. There is always something heavier. Remind yourself, as I will remind myself, that what seems heavy right now...might be a light lemon. Try to make the best of the moment. Snow might be a light lemon for me, so I tried to use it for a bit of good. My shoes look good against the snow!
As for my heavy lemons, I will keep those to myself, for now. I've already turned a few of them into a wicked gin and tonic :) The others will soon be left on my gym floor.