Authenticity, Flash Fiction, Life Stuff, Main Genre: Science-Fiction, Microfiction, Reality, Wisdom

On “Life is What You Make It”

Micro-Story: He thought of the time people would say "Life is what you make it." That was before the regime.


Point of view and overall situation matter a lot in any given story — whether true or fiction.

If you live somewhere that you can even fathom life being “what you make it,” you are lucky.

There are multiple ways of looking at this, though, none more right or wrong than the others.

For those living in places of some type of oppression, there’s no choice to “make” life what you want.

However, for those living elsewhere, it may be living without something (or someone).

In any case, you may still have to trudge through the thorny bushes every day. You can’t act like they’re not there — and you’re still going to feel them if they cut you. To suggest that you can make deep cuts go away easily is to suggest that the cuts don’t matter.

If you’ve been cut deeply enough, you know that they do — and that being told “life is what you make it” is just a band-aid that doesn’t even to cover a gruesome wound.

And it certainly doesn’t help to heal it.

So yes: Let’s always try to make lemons into lemonade — but let’s also empathize and try to avoid rubbing lemons on someone else’s wounds.



Fable, Fantasy, Flash Fiction, Life Stuff, Microfiction, Wisdom

Not Afraid…”Cautious”

Micro-Story: The unicorn mare rushed to its mother. “I don't think it's a good idea,” she said. “But I don't always want to be afraid.” | Its mom replied, “You're not afraid this time,” she said. “You're cautious — there's a difference.”

People are quick to label something as “fear” — but people also confuse caution and fear — which can be two very different things.


Words can be very subtle — and often the subtleties cause issues when put together with our hasty ideas.

For example, You may doubt something (or someone) because you have facts that add up to something not working out. You may be cautious because of similar situations that don’t pan out. There are any number of actual reasons for caution — which makes it not a fear-based reaction but a rational train of thought that simply doesn’t lead to a good end.

So yes, fear can be dangerous if it paralyzes us for no reason — but when there’s a reason, it may be more a healthy dose of caution than anything else.


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