“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” is an old platitude used to increase or inspire optimism, which is probably from the mindset that optimism is the only way to look at something in a beneficial way…which results in a divide caused by people who think optimism is the only way.
Unfortunately, you cannot make lemonade out of the tiny bit of lemon juice one lemon will give you, and even if you receive multiple lemons, you may not have enough sugar to keep it from getting sour.
Even more realistically, not everyone loves lemonade. The most lemonade will do for me personally is make me cough up blood or have nosebleeds, because lemons are too acidic for me to handle.
If you even so much as accept those lemons into your personal life, they can begin to affect you in a detrimental way. Society encourages to say yes to everything—to feel ashamed of saying no—but if you continue to do nothing but attempt to “make the best” of a situation, you’ll eventually find yourself living in some horrendous sort of oblivion, and that cycle will continue.
Lemons fall, you try to make lemonade, stuff seems okay—lather, rinse, repeat. If you just make lemonade—or try to—you’re essentially ignoring the problem and not facing what is actually happening. By ignoring the problem, you’re opening doors for it to happen again.
Thus, when life gives you lemons, move out from beneath the tree and break the cycle.