Passion fruits and lemons, dare I say, are life's most philosophical fruits. We should all aspire to be like passion fruits and lemons.
Let's start with passion fruits.
"Passiflora edulis", commonly known as passionfruit, originates from the Latin words "passio" and "flos," which respectively mean "passion" and "flower." It is a circular-looking fruit with a tangy flavour. Passion fruits make me think of passion. What is life without passion? We should all aspire to be passionate. With passion, you can achieve more than without it. Passion is an emotion, something we can act upon based on a driving thought or impulse. A desire can be the driving force behind passion. The crucial step is not only being aware of our passion but also acting upon it. Surprisingly, many people don't act on their passions or avoid the emotion altogether. There's nothing wrong with that, but wouldn't you want to get the most out of life? Let's all be passion fruits.
Lemons are citrus fruits native to South Asia. They belong to the Rutaceae family and are small evergreen tree species. We all know the saying, "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade." This idea is about making the most of what you have and promoting a positive and optimistic outlook when dealing with challenges or difficult situations.
I recently heard someone say, "the juice is worth the squeeze," which made me think about the idea that effort doesn't go to waste. We often struggle with the in-between phase, where we haven't received what we want or have been working towards. Consequently, putting effort into something may seem useless or trying may appear foolish because we live in a world where instant gratification is expected. I want to use lemons as a reminder to adopt the right attitude. "The juice is worth the squeeze." The outcome is worth the effort.
If you could be any fruit, aspire to be a passion fruit or a lemon. Use them as reminders to live your best life with passion and embrace all the zest that comes your way.