Sunday, April 11, 2021

That's The Way The Cookie Crumbles (MY Eng #10)

This is part of a running series about English idioms - less about language, more about life itself. Previously, we covered 'missing the woods for the trees', 'the elephant in the room', 'practising what you preach', blowing hot and cold', 'no smoke without fire', 'one swallow does not make a summer', 'apples and oranges', 'cut to the chase' and ''leave no stone unturned'.

Every now and then, we hit a bad patch in life. Tragedy tends to strike twice. When it rains, it pours (another idiom!)

You can shout at the top of your voice. Break a few glassware. Rant on social media about the injustices of the world. Whatever channels your negative energy away. Whatever floats your boat (another idiom!)

In the end, comes acceptance. Such is life. Move on.

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Yes, life isn't fair, sometimes. You really tried your best, and results don't turn out your way. But that's the way the cookie crumbles.

Missed out on your dream job at the last stage of interview? That sucks, but you're bound to face rejections whenever you're reaching for something better.

Missed out on getting on First Class by a single grade? Tough luck, but take it as a lesson to work harder than your minimum goals and expectations.

Missed out on a weekend sale because you snoozed your alarm. Well, no excuse there, you laxy bum!

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In life, nothing comes easy. Some days you win, some days you lose. Life doesn't always go according to plan.

Yes, sometimes you do deserve better (and others who got ahead of you don't). Sometimes life just deals you a bad hand, and there's nothing in the world you can do to eke out a victory.

But the sooner you accept the vagaries of life, the quicker you'll bounce back to your feet. Sure, the cookie crumbled through your fingers like fairy dust, this time round. But there'll always be a bunch of freshly-baked cookies to look forward to, tomorrow.

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