Whenever people say ‘life isn’t always a bed of roses’, I have an innate urge to rebut. Cause to me, Life IS a darn bed of roses.
Here’s the thing – when people hear this particular phrase, the imagery that which appears in their head is a pile of ONLY rose petals or flowers (thus the ‘bed’) -> this in turns equates to and depicts having a pretty nice life. And considering what life is like, (life ain’t always nice and doesn’t usually go according to what you have planned out), we thus agree with the phrase ‘Life isn’t always a bed of roses’.
I, however, imagine things a little differently. To me, a bed of roses includes ALL parts of the rose plant – flowers, buds, leaves, branches, thorns alike – and not just the petals with their oh-so-sweet fragrance (do forgive me. I kind of like the scent of roses). While the flowers depict our sweet/nice/everything-goes-according-to-plan side of life, the thorns hurt you. And let’s face it. Life does hurt us at times, non?
If you’ve never been hurt, it’s either:
- You’ve never actually lived life before OR
- You are pretty sheltered (Lucky you!)
So…Life really IS a bed of roses after all. It can throw you into scenarios which:
- Really hurt you (like the thorns): Having Setbacks, Failing interviews and tests, Getting rejected etc.
- Are pretty smooth-sailing (like the soft rose petals and flowers): Success, Having a Family, Stable Job etc.
So the next time someone says life isn’t always a bed of roses, I suppose you COULD try repeating this.