The Lemon Law of Life


If you are as big a fan of How I Met Your Mother as I am, then you must know the ultimate ladies’ man Barney Stinson, and his Lemon Law (The law assumes that all it takes is 5 minutes for you to gauge whether you’re into your date or not, and so if you feel that you aren’t, you apply the Lemon Law to relieve yourself and your date of an evening that might have gone horribly wrong.) Unfortunately for the HIMYM fans, this post’s Lemon Law does not contain anything related to the aforementioned (hence I apologize for the buildup–I just wanted to showcase my appreciation for the series 😉 ). This is about my Lemon Law and not Barney’s. It’s called the Lemon Law of Life (and I hope Barney does not sue me for copyright), which assumes that you are a lemon and thus, like any useful lemon, must be sliced, squeezed, twisted, even shaved, throughout life–to reach your full lemon-y potential. Given that, I have deduced three truths to the Lemon Law of Life:

Here’s truth number 1: The Lemon Law can beat the heck out of you.

Appreciating, even just accepting, the Lemon Law is no easy feat. It requires you to undergo trials, pass through seemingly endless road bumps, and receive severe blows to both your heart and head. It needs you to experience despair, before you experience even the faintest glimmer of hope, of happiness and success. But the Lemon Law exists because those who are not faint of heart? In the end they get to taste success in all its juicy, citrus-y glory.

Truth number 2: Like any Law, NO ONE is above it.

Oftentimes when we’re going through a nasty breakup, a moment of insecurity, or a depressing failure, we cannot help but compare our lives, to the lives of others. “How come Richard and Lucy have the perfect relationship?” “Does Anne Curtis EVER feel ugly?” “I bet (insert name of envied person here) never experienced (insert whatever hardship you’re going through right now)!”.  There are some lemons that seem to be exempt from the Law; who seem to stride by life effortlessly yet get to reach their goals. Truth is, no one is exempted from the Lemon Law of Life. The life process for each lemon just varies, depending on the need for and of that lemon. Every lemon, though all come from a lemon tree, serves a different purpose, and goes through the process in different times. Some lemons, take Anne Curtis for example, are meant to be put on display for the moment, and as such must be polished and cleaned,  and not yet cut and squeezed (FTR, I am not demeaning Anne and showbiz in any way). Those lemons with a higher purpose (okay maybe I am), to help people quench their thirst and nourish life, must go through a lot more–sometimes even squeezed until every last bit of their pulps run dry.

And lastly, truth number 3: Spoiled lemons, however, EXIST.

Anyone can choose to be a spoiled lemon.  Being one means you won’t get to experience the same crushing and squeezing, or whatever life-altering process it is, that the other lemons go through. Spoiled lemons remain unscathed. They go through life untouched and unpicked. At any time in your life, you can give up and let go and choose to be this kind of lemon. Here’s the catch though: they just end up like how they are called–SPOILED–in the literal sense of the word. All their juice, all their zest, put to waste because they refused to be handled, polished, cut, squeezed–whatever they were made for. Spoiled lemons never really get to LIVE lifeThey don’t know success because they didn’t experience failure, they don’t know happiness because they didn’t experience misery.

So there it is. The Lemon Law of Life and its 3 Truths. To end this post I shall share to you my three favorite lemons:

Abraham Lincoln (a lemon who endured the squeezing for THIRTY years!):
1831 – Failed in business
1832 – Defeated for legislature
1833 – Again failed in business
1834 – Elected to legislature
1835 – Sweetheart died
1836 – Had a nervous breakdown
1838 – Defeated for speaker
1840 – Defeated for elector
1843 – Defeated for Congress
1846 – Elected for Congress
1848 – Defeated for Congress
1855 – Defeated for Senate
1856 – Defeated for Vice-President
1858 – Defeated for Senate
1860 – ELECTED PRESIDENT OF USA!

Michael Jordan (NBA’s G.O.A.T. is a brave, persevering lemon who never quit!):
His famous quote goes: “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

Rio Dela Cruz (The Philippines’ running god is an epitome of the Lemon Law!):
Born dirt poor, youngest of fourteen siblings, abandoned by his mother when he was 9mos. old, started working in first grade assisting construction work, grew up malnourished, walked 3 kilometers while carrying buckets of water from the NAWASA station for drinking, AND RAN BAREFOOT ON HIS FIRST YEARS OF RUNNING, before being discovered by his first ever running coach.

These awesome lemons decided that they would make a difference. A lot of stumbles and blows came their way, for sure, but in the end they made a difference anyway.  To all those lemons out there that are currently experiencing deep cuts and grueling squeezing, hang on tight and don’t be disheartened. We might not know when, but all that hard-earned juice will come. 🙂

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  3. Maria Norma says:

    Make lemonades when God gives you lemon. Relative to your Lemon Law of Life which I find so inspiring and can bring out new hopes to those who always feel they’re being squeezed all the time (me included !)

    keep sharing sensible readings like this one girl.

    another feather to your wing 🙂 God bless you always !

    • Ren DC says:

      Thanks mum! And I admire you for being such a brave, tough lemon! I shall try to produce more sensible articles frequently. 🙂

  4. Yom says:

    Indeed the quest to become a Happy Lemon is far from over – endorsement accidentally included. What’s important though is to enjoy every drop and use each part productively.

    It’s great to read this post days before I enter another phase. Thanks for sharing your insights! It’s been a while. Hehe.

    • Ren DC says:

      Amen on enjoying and using each part productively. Thanks for visiting my blog Yom, hope you visit again! And good luck on that next phase of life you’re about to undergo! 🙂

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