One of my friends has THE most country sayings and I love all of them. "I can't make it be what it ain't" is one. It's another way to say "it is what it is" which is to say, in a sense, no use in being upset about a thing being a thing.
But what about when a thing isn't a thing? Or it is a thing, just not the thing you want?
There are a lot of posts floating on the interwebs today concerning comments Chuck Smith made on last night's Real Housewives of Atlanta episode. After inviting Nene Leakes and Phaedra Parks back to their hometown of Athens, GA to speak with some of the kids at the Boys' and Girls' Club of Athens, Chuck decided to confront Phaedra about comments she made on a trip that his wife was apart of.
Chuck's dating history came up during the trip and it was revealed to his wife that not only had Kandi dated Chuck, but so had Phaedra. Phaedra dismissed it, mostly, citing it as something that happened when they were kids (read: not a big deal) and then again in college (again, seemingly, not that big of a deal). Chuck, however, wanted to clear the air and clarify with Phaedra that they never dated. When provided with examples of how Phaedra came to the conclusion that they dated, Chuck asserted that she, like Kandi, was just "part of the team." In other words, he was lying to and manipulating several women into thinking he was dating them exclusively, when really he was doing everything but being exclusive.
I think Chuck's an asshole for several reasons. Primarily, this whole conversation was unnecessary unless he was trying to stunt for the cameras and for his wife. Of course, I don't understand why he and his wife just couldn't have that conversation privately where he explained that and added that regardless of previous relationships, she's the one he married and so forth and so on.
But what about what it means when you say one thing and do another? Chuck tried to make Phaedra seem desperate for claiming him as an ex, all the while wholly admitting that he set things up so that she would think that. I'm always baffled when people do that. They go out of their way to make a thing a thing, and then get upset when you call it a thing.
Let's take this outside of a romantic relationship. I was just pondering the other day a personal situation where I feel compelled to keep a secret for some friends. The secret itself isn't exactly a bad secret -- meaning it's not something that would or presently is hurting anyone. In fact, it's really not anyone's business but that of those involved -- however, because of my proximity to the situation and people's tendency to want all the juicy gossip and all the tea on all the people all of the time, I'm frequently approached for information. I don't mind keeping the secret, but I'm frustrated that it seems while my friends don't want anyone to know, they're not exactly doing their part in terms of discretion.
I've broached this topic, vaguely, with them before and I was basically told - "no one asked you to keep it a secret..."
Sure. Fine. Neither of them said, "Ashley, here's this information and now that you know it, please don't tell anyone." But they didn't have to because their actions said it for them. But I'm stuck holding the bag because they made a thing a thing and now don't want me to call it a thing.
Ultimately this is about having your cake and eating it too. Wanting to have something, but not wanting to pay for it. Wanting to have a girlfriend, but not wanting to spend the time necessary -- so you remind her frequently that "you're not my girlfriend" even though you take her everywhere with you, you've introduced her to friends and family and you spend a lot of your free time with her. In fact, it would seem that she is your girlfriend -- except when you don't want to be held responsible for how your actions affect her.
Alls I'm saying is, folks gotsta be mo' careful. We know when we're manipulating a situation in our favor. So don't get mad when you get called out on that. Own it. Step into it. Or just quit trying to get people to do things without their explicit permission.
You can't make it be what it ain't, even if you never said what it is.