Talk Like a Native
Episode 15 - (Don’t) cry over spilled milk
Kevin: Hey Christine, what’s up? Why so serious?
Christine: I’ve just been thinking about a job offer that I received last year.
Kevin: Really? What about it?
Christine: If I took that job last year, I could be making a lot more money than I am now.
Kevin: What kind of job was it?
Christine: It was a managerial position in London. I could have been making more money AND be living in London. I’ve always dreamed about living there since I was young.
Kevin: But I thought that you were pretty satisfied with your life here! You have a lot going for you here as well!
Christine: I know, but sometimes I just think about how different or how much better my life could be.
Kevin: It’s okay! I’m sure that there will be more opportunities in the future. It’s just one job offer! There’s no point in crying over spilled milk. Just apply again later!
Christine: What? You spilled milk? It better not have been in my car.
Kevin: No, no. No one actually spilled milk. I said don’t cry over spilled milk. That means that what is done, is done. There is no use crying about it after. You cannot go and change something that already happened. The more you think about it, the worse it will feel.
Christine: Oh, I get it. Since you can’t unspill the milk no matter what you do, then you should just clean it up and move on.
Kevin: That’s right! Now, let’s give our listeners some more examples of this phrase:
- Please stop complaining about your bad haircut. There’s no use crying over spilled milk. Wear a hat until it grows out or go to another salon and get it fixed.
- There’s no point crying over spilled milk. If he doesn’t want to talk to you, it’s his loss not yours. Getting upset about it won’t change the fact that he still doesn’t want to talk to you.
- So you got into a small accident. At least you’re safe and didn’t get hurt! The insurance company will take care of the repairs, so stop worrying! It’s no use crying over spilled milk. It’ll just stress you out.
- You already did everything you could. Don’t cry over spilled milk. Stressing about it doesn’t actually solve any problems.
Christine: I guess you’re right. But sometimes I can’t help but think about what would have happened or how different my life would be.
Kevin: Everything happens for a reason. You may not see its importance now, but eventually everything will work itself out.