Tuesday, 15 November 2011

People are like Bertie Bott's

People are like Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans. From school kids to school professors, everybody loves Bertie Bott's! We all know eating Bertie Bott's is both fun and frustrating because we never know what bean we pick up. They are ambiguous from the outside. Some look pretty, some look daring, a handful look plain, some look yucky, and a few look suspicious.

The flavors are even more surprising Some beans taste as pretty as they look. Some appear rather extravagant or evil but they are actually quite plain. The plain-looking ones may taste like delicious milk or sweet birthday cake. The yucky ones may really be yucky or taste like nothing. It's all confusing yet exciting.

How many times do we get disappointed by someone we are close to? How many times do we think we know somebody, just to realize that we don't? And yet, we hear stories about people falling into the same relationships over and over again with the wrong people. Tales about folks who once gave up love or friendship but then willingly bond themselves to someone.

It could also be the other way around. Maybe we think we would never get along with this particular person, only to find a few years later that you and him/her click perfectly like a lock and its key. It's true that we never know what we have until we lose it, but it's also true that we don't know what we are missing until we find it.

Are the yucky beans addictive? I guess not. It's not the beans themselves. It's all in the knowing that the whole experience is, eventually, rewarding. We fail a few times, victorious in others. We learn from mistakes, we move on, we cherish memories, we work on the new stuff. Some may say that love is bull, or that we cannot trust anybody... But I beg to differ. Sure we must exercise cautious in many instances, we must be ready at the strange flavors that the beans in our hand may contain, but that doesn't mean we can, or should, completely detach ourselves from others.

Life has its ups and downs. But it's all part of an ultra-exciting experience.

Bertie Bott's wouldn't be so loved if it didn't have the odd beans. If all the beans are sweet, they would give you diabetes.