I realized something today. The saying, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade,” makes no sense.
I understand and even appreciate the underlying notion, but it’s a deceitful, awful, duplicitous saying.
If you are handed a bunch of lemons here is a list of all the things you would be able to make:
1. Lemon Juice
That is all.
Lemon juice is not lemonade. To make lemonade you add lots and lots of sugar to the otherwise undrinkable pure lemon juice. And that’s not what the saying says. It doesn’t say, “When life hands you lemons…and some sugar and a pitcher and some ice and maybe a stove and a sink so you can reduce the sugar and make a simple syrup to add to the lemon juice…well using only that you should make some lemonade.”
It says, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”
You know what? If you can make lemonade using nothing but lemons then you are capable of creating other ingredients out of thin air and thus you are a wizard. Which means you can probably make lemonade if life hands you limes, or oranges…or a baboon.
And is that helpful? “When life hands you baboons, make lemonade?”
No. No it is not.