How many times have you heard that saying?
I’ve heard it too many times to count. But I had no idea, a couple of years ago, how true this saying would become to my circumstances.
The phrase makes you think of rolling up your sleeves, bucking up, making do with what you’ve been dealt. It’s supposed to help us feel optimistic about a situation that we rather not find ourselves in.
One day, life handed me lemons when I injured both my feet. I’d never had a prolonged injury like that before, nor one that so hindered my daily life. But there I was with my lemon… or should I say bag of lemons.
I didn’t know how to get myself better. I didn’t know how long it would last. And I had no idea how to work around it. There were days when I cried for hours after taking a shower because my feet felt bruised from standing on the shower floor. During that time, I was holding onto my bag of lemons, just trying to get by, to survive.
Once my injury began to get better (after a lot of intense physical therapy, and practically babying my feet as much as possible), I started to shift my lifestyle a bit to make sure I kept progressing and would not return to that place again.
But it was hard. I wanted my old life back. I didn’t want to adjust my life, my freedom to this inconvenience. I was only 26 after all. I fought the thought of making room for the whole situation in my life. Eventually, deep down inside, I came to the realization that my old lifestyle just wasn’t an option. I didn’t have a choice, unless I wanted to face this injury again. And after 2 + years of dealing with it, I didn’t want to welcome that reoccurrence.
So I took my bag of lemons, and I began to make lemonade- one lemon at a time. I absorbed an infinite amount of research, I found my own wellness routine, and I began to rebuild my shoe wardrobe with shoes that were not only good for my feet, but fit my personal style- that was the hardest part.
It’s now been 4 1/2 years since the day of my injury and I can honestly say I have now found a way to have a very enjoyable and free life, despite the fact that my way of life has changed. I know now it takes courage to make lemonade out of lemons. And though it’s still sour, it’s also so sweet- and in the end, a very delightful beverage if you ask me.