Let's Make Lemonade Out Of Lemons

Let's Make Some Life Lemonade

How to turn any situation into life into a sweet and tangy drink!

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When things go wrong in your life, how do you accept the situation? I tend to do a lot of overthinking and then talking to my mom and then I take some of these things into consideration.

1. Accept the situation 

People are really bad at accepting what is happening in the here and now. How many times in your life have you looked at what was going on in your life and said to yourself "yeah, this is just the way it is and I cannot do anything about it nor can I complain about my current predicament." I would assume not many times. I'm an optimist, so I like to believe that people really can do things that they originally believe they couldn't, but in all reality EVERYONE struggles with this step. That's why it's the very first step of making your sweet, sweet lemonade. We as humans have to accept our situation as is. No tricks or gimmicks, but accept what is and move forward.

2. Be rational 

Now look me dead in the screen and say to yourself "I am a rational person and can adequately use my words to have a rational conversation with someone and I can effectively think rationally without letting all of the other stuff get in the way of what's really going on." I definitely did say the word rational approximately 100 different times, anyways this is something that I've personally had troubles with, cause I do everything based off of what I'm feeling in the moment. Take a breath. Step back. Sleep on it. Go for a run. Eat some ice cream. Do whatever you need to do to get out of your own head for a bit and come back to the situation with a fresh set of eyes. Don't take forever, just take some time to yourself to review what you're feeling and may want and need in the end.

3. Think 

Oh man this is the most important step of them all! Think about what your mom would do. Think about what Jesus would do. Think about what your five year old self would do. As long as you're rational to begin with, your thought process will follow and as long as you follow what your heart and brain want for you, then man you're golden. Don't overthink anything cause that'll get you no where, but do what's right and follow what your inner goddness is telling you to follow. Think of the other people involved and how something may affect them, but most importantly just think with the fresh set of eyes that you've gathered.

4. Make the Lemonade 

Things happen, and we have no control over it because it's life man. It's crazy and beautiful and downright amazing, but it's also hard and scary and can make you feel lost. Some of the worst days of my entire life came because of something that I can't control. That's just the way that life goes. We can either drown in our sorrow or we can make the sweet lemonade. Put your plan into action. Take your acceptance, rationality, and thought processes and turn it into something glorious. Go full force and don't look back and if your plan doesn't work then start over. It's not the end of the world, maybe that lemonade that you just made was a little too sour and maybe you need something a tad sweeter, who knows. It's your lemonade not mine.


So yeah guys, life is too cool to miss out on and I'd be really sad if I ever learned about anyone losing themselves in what they may be dealing with because they don't know how to swim. So help me help you!

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Sorry Adults, I'm Going To Embrace My Generation's Uniqueness And There Is Nothing You Can Do To Stop Me

I'm going to embrace the selfies, social media, and the six Kardashian siblings.

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Being almost 20 years old, I have lived through two decades. I witnessed the VERY end of the '90s, the entire early 2000's period, and now I have seen the 2010's almost all the way through. I was the kid who grew up watching Rugrats, watched Hannah Montana after school, to now watching Keeping Up With The Kardashians every Sunday night. I wore overalls as a baby which changed to Juicy Couture sweatsuits, which is now high waisted everything with a crop top. We take selfies every chance we get. We photograph every meal. Share our entire lives on Instagram and then watch other people's lives on Youtube.

And to the older generations, they don't get it.

Millennials and Gen Z get shamed for our "liberal and unique" personalities and lifestyles. For the generations before us, they don't understand why all of us are constantly watching Vine, screaming Ariana Grande lyrics, and ranting on Twitter 24/7. These are some of the things that define our generation. However, our generation is much more than pop culture and technology.

Our generation is more accepting of sexual fluidity, is racially diverse, and is very independent. We are environmentally aware and are striving to protect our planet. We are striving to make this world a better place. We want to be more accepting, more educated, and more open-minded.

Go back 50 years and life would be completely different. Races were separated. Sexual and gender fluidity was taboo or not even acknowledged. No one cared about recycling, composting, or self-sustainability. So, sure, my generation can't put down our iPhones, but my generation is probably one of the most influential generations and I'll take that.

I'm not trying to disregard previous generations. They went through some of the craziest periods in history. They dealt with wars, cultural economic depression, racism, slavery, and strict gender rules. Men worked and women were domesticated. People didn't spend money because of the lack thereof growing up. There wasn't much technology, really at all. It was a simpler time.

But do not forget, during the '60s, they loved afros and Elvis. The '70s loved bell bottoms and tons of tie-dye. The '80s was full of neon and big hair. These trends were of the times. They were exactly that... trends. I'm sure the Baby Boomers didn't understand Gen Y, just like how Gen Y doesn't understand Millennials. And, I'm sure Millennials are getting fed up with Gen Z. It's what happens. Time changes and commodities from your era just to fade into new commodities.

So, please stop shaming my generation for being obsessed with social media or loving Kylie Jenner a little too much. Let us take all the selfies we want. Let us express ourselves through art and sports. Encourage us to be whatever we want to be. It's our time now so let us enjoy it before time passes. We shouldn't have to be sorry for living through the times, like generations before we did.

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Life May Hand Us Lemons, But We Have The Power To Make Lemonade

A story of strength, perseverance and courage.

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The first time I met Hannah was at my high school senior year prom. Although I only knew about her reputation of being an incredible gymnast, I could tell through the few conversations we had that she radiated strength and courage. I was fortunate enough to get to know Hannah on a more personal level through developing a close friendship and as well as becoming sorority sisters. What many don't know about Hannah is that she is a survivor. She has persevered through multiple experiences that have molded her into the strong woman she is today. I am writing to share parts of her story that need to be understood. Thank you, Hannah, for not only sharing your story of bravery but also inspiring so many individuals to never give up on the fight for justice.

At the young age of one, Hannah began her gymnastics career and eventually started competing when she was seven. On average, she trained six days a week for five hours each day, while also fitting in her schoolwork, extracurricular activities, and personal life. As her competition seasons went from January to May, she would travel to compete in around 10 meets a year. She spent tireless hours in the gym practicing and conditioning to prepare for these highly intense competitions. Hannah describes gymnastics as both a mental and physical sport. She expressed to me, "I never knew what types of injuries could result from the skills I tried - whether those skills were in routines on bars or beam - I was scared of what would happen to my body if I fell." Despite the physical and mental challenges that came with being a gymnast, she never gave up on her goals. She competed at one of the highest levels in the sport and in 2015, Hannah won the Level Ten Junior Olympic National Beam Champion Title.

Hannah was always a role model to the younger girls at her old gym. They looked to her for support and she never hesitated to stand up for them, even in an incredibly competitive environment. She explained, "Although I loved gymnastics, practice was under very brutal circumstances. There were many injuries, tough workouts, and rigid coaching techniques," which is safe to say her journey as a competitive gymnast came with many highs and lows. Hannah experienced multiple severe injuries, which led her to become a patient of The USA gymnastics national team doctor, Larry Nassar, at Michigan State University. With his high credentials and time spent with the USA gymnastics team, the gymnastics community (specifically the coaches) restricted athletes from the care of any other doctor in order to take time off of training. Larry, now an American convicted serial child molester, has been sentenced to life in prison for the appalling, manipulative actions he took towards the athletic community.

In January of 2017, Hannah spoke out to defend her and the many other victims who were manipulated, abused and assaulted by Larry. She courageously stood up in court to express her testimony, describing the pain and trauma his disgusting actions put his patients through. She used the power of her words, to directly express to the face of her abuser, "Life handed me lemons and you best believe that I am well prepared to make some lemonade. You cannot break me. I am a survivor." Hannah is a survivor. An inspiration. A hero. A fighter. And she has never stopped fighting for not only her justice but also the justice for all victims of assault.

Hannah's perseverance is astonishing. Since testifying, Hannah's fight has not ended. She continues to empower others through her positive mindset and courageous heart. Survivors continuously reach out to Hannah from other schools, states and even countries expressing how her story has impacted their lives. Many have explained that hearing her story has empowered them to come forward and receive the justice they deserve. Hannah spoke twice at the United States Senate and provided statements during press conferences in attempt to make a safer environment for athletes in recreational, competitive and professional sports. She has used her voice to hold the individuals accountable that covered up Larry's abuse for so long because unfortunately since 1997 there have been multiple reported cases of abuse, but no action was taken when these victims' reported their stories. They were shut down for questioning his credibility. Hannah explained, "People attempted to report assault, but MSU, the U.S. Olympic Committee, and USA Gymnastics were all apart of the cover-up process, which ultimately enabled him as an abuser."

In her own community, Hannah began spreading awareness through an organization called Speak Your Silence. The mission of this organization is, "To help those affected by sexual abuse and assault move forward to live great lives," and to support this cause Hannah began raising money through designing and selling her own t-shirts, hosting events at local companies in the area and increasing awareness at her school. Hannah was a keynote speaker and advocate for sexual abuse prevention at the Chicago Children's Advocacy Center Luminary Award Dinner. She helped raise over $400,000 dollars to support this organizations mission to, "unite public, private and community partners to ensure the safety, health, and well-being of abused children." Hannah also hosted a self-defense class at a local martial arts center to empower the strong women in her community.

Hannah's impact has continued to grow through her time at college so far. At Iowa State University I can truly say she has made a remarkable impact on the campus through her servant leadership. She has used her experiences to stand up against sexual assault and violence in not only her own community but also on a large university campus. Hannah was a featured speaker at the Iowa State women's WE Lead conference in November of 2018. This conference focused on empowering women through leadership, networking and influencing others. This year, Hannah developed an entire philanthropic event through Sigma Phi Epsilon and Alpha Delta Pi at Iowa State called Live Your Oath. This organization recognizes the need to bring awareness and conversation about sexual assault prevention on college campuses. This year Hannah and her committee were the first to create a meaning behind the oath taken at the event, which states, "No matter where I am, no matter who I'm with, consent is always mandatory. I pledge to stand by survivors and not engage in any acts of sexual assault."

Hannah confidently states, "Whatever situation you find yourself in, you can use what you've gone through to help others and make a positive impact." She inspires me every single day by her courage, grace, but also her authenticity and individuality. She has made me want to become a stronger woman. She wants to stress the importance to her survivors, "if you or someone close to you has been affected, never feel like you can't seek help." Put yourself in the shoes of a survivor. Be their support system. Listen to their stories of perseverance. And help them fight for their justice by making a difference in your own community. Hannah, you defeated this monster, but that monster will never defeat you. You are strong forever.


Resources for support-

Please visit these websites for more information.

Speak Your Silence- https://speakyoursilence.org/#

RAINN- https://www.rainn.org/

Chicago Children's Advocacy Center- https://www.chicagocac.org/who-we-are/

Central Iowa ACCESS- https://www.assaultcarecenter.org/

Live Your Oath- http://www.liveyouroath.org/

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