Sometimes life throws you lemons. So you make lemonade, right? But Cave Johnson says, “When life gives you lemons, don’t make lemonade. Make life take the lemons back. Get mad! I don’t want your damn lemons!” He then goes on and on about combustible lemons. Hilarious!
I mention this because recently life gave me a bushel full of lemons. Well, not give. That’s too nice. No. More like shafted me with a bushel full of lemons. That’s appropriately descriptive of the situation I currently find myself in. (And descriptive of what I think of the situation. And it’s not life doing the shafting either. But I digress.) I now have to figure out what to do with all these lemons that have been forced upon me. While making lemonade sounds nice, positive, and oh so ultra-sweet, I think I would rather follow Cave Johnson’s advice. This seems like a more fitting response considering the (injustice of the) circumstances. I am thankful that many friends are supportive of me and my decision to “make life take the lemons back.” Some have even said that I must fight. I can’t just accept this or let it happen.
I hadn’t counted on this outpouring of support. Or the number of people who have my back. I am surprised to have so many supporters and friends. They actually want me to demand to see life’s manager. Of course, this kicks my utang na loob in hyper-drive. I owe these people to show some guts, even without the promise of glory.
This situation reminded me of 2 things. The first is my favorite Psalms verse. The most appropriate part goes:
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Psalms 23:5-6 (NIV)
The second is Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger.” Because I’m in the fight of my life (so far). I know, I know. So melodramatic. Geez. Exaggerate much? But the odds are stacked against me. So I must rise up “to the challenge of [my] rival.” I fully expect to lose. But I can’t let it break me. I owe my friends and my family to do this. I must repay.