I heard a story of a woman who had a plant or flower and decided to do everything she could to make it thrive. Apparently it was a plant known for being demanding. She adjusted her whole life around its maintenance. It thrived and visitors commended her for managing it so well.
Then, after two years, she decided it was time to put it in a larger pot. Imagine her surprise when she lifted the plant out of the old pot and found a piece of oasis that the plant had been attached to. Her plant was made of plastic, and she never noticed during those two years. In an interview, she said it felt like she had lost two years of her life finding out.