In Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, the continual refrain ‘So it goes.’ was repeated whenever death or mortality occurred. It comes off in the book as a dismissal of emotion, when the subject quickly turns after death, but it also shows the quick acceptance or recognition of something and how we should move on.
These three simple words show us how we have to accept what happens in life, or as the A.V. Club puts it, “Shit happens, and it’s awful, but it’s also okay. We deal with it because we have to.” We don’t have to dwell on events that happen and ask ourselves why it is happening to us, we just have to recognize and acknowledge the situation, learn from it, and move on.
There is no sense in getting down on yourself if you don’t get the job you want, someone doesn’t feel the same way about you, you’re not getting the recognition you feel you deserve at work, or whatever it may be. Next time, just say to yourself “So it goes.” and move on.