The Onion Philosophy

As you get older, there’s always that slight chance that you get more sentimental. The pictures on the table speak of a thousand tales, of happy memories from a not so distant long ago. Little knick-knacks become more than just souvenirs; they’re like Horcruxes, bearing the soul of the one who once held them. As you hold one of the pieces in your hands, it’s as if a home movie plays in your brain, and you find yourself smiling at the sudden rush of nostalgia.

Unfortunately, where there is good, there will also be bad. Sad, painful memories that silently slice your heart. And probably even worse, those beautiful memories that leave you in a state of motionless delusion, forever longing for something which will probably never happen again. With each slice, your eyes, and most of the time your heart, can’t help but shed tears.

Good thing there’s The Onion Philosophy.

ONION. A simple acronym for five simple words that may not have much impact, but when you think about it, makes total sense.

Old news is old news. No matter how much I whine and wail, I won’t be able to bring back what’s already in the past. What’s done is done, so they say. The only recourse for me is to learn from what happened, and strive to be a better version of myself. I may not be able to bring back the past, but I also won’t let it bring me down.

With the start of the new year comes the exciting prospect of starting a new chapter in life. A new hobby. A new career. A new relationship. It can be anything that you can imagine; it’s an adventure that’s just waiting at the corner. With the new year also comes the dawn of a new hope, the beginning of a new journey. Good things are in store for you this year; you only need to go ahead and claim them!

So when the weight of the past drags you down, think of the ONION, learn the LESSON, and then MOVE ON. Unless of course, drowning yourself in hopelessness is your thing. If so, then by all means, peel an actual onion while you’re at it. Who knows, those simple words may suddenly hit you while you’re in the middle of your tears. And when you realize just how much of the present you’re throwing away, then maybe you can start truly living again.

Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life, you were only waiting for this moment to arrive

-The Beatles, “Blackbird”
-Ed. E.

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