SO CLICHE

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Me and cliches have a very rocky relationship. I use them, but only when I can kick them around a little, and give them my own twist. Otherwise I can be downright disdainful, actually. I’m kind of a cliche snob.

So today when Miss Sarah suggested to me that yes, redoing my living room or dining room (or bedroom or basement?) or some other project might be a really good place to put my energies right now, I zoned out for a minute or two.

I mean, I get it. I do. I get that having my brain engaged in something other than the relentless spinning would be a huge relief. God knows I’d do almost anything for that relief. But all I could think of in Miss Sarah’s office was one chic flick and pop song after another where some woman has just gone through a loss or an AHBL and she decides to reinvent herself – a new ‘do, a new dog, a new job, a new pair of shoes.

Is that me now? Really?

But it’s so cliche! I moaned to Miss Sarah.

She chose her words carefully, as she always does. Well… Sometimes a cliche becomes a cliche because it actually works.

*gag*

Picking up on my aversion to cliches (she’s perceptive), Miss Sarah went on: For someone like you it would be especially important to know that you’re doing whatever you do for actual, real reasons, not just because everyone else is doing it.

[ sigh ]

Well, that’s more my language. And there is the fact that no matter what phase of life I’m in, I love a good project (or at least the idea of a good project). Maybe I could actually accomplish something. Plus, I basically had already started redoing my dining room before this whole conversation happened. (And I almost stopped because, yep, it just seemed so cliche.)

Alright then, I guess here I go. I’ve said it out loud. I’m seeing the need for lots of grace in this, but I’m also seeing projects in my future. This is no band-aid or quick fix. I’m still in the midst of the mess. But my brain is engaging. (And, how weird, I literally feel a physical shift during the moments when I can hone in on the inspiration…)

Let’s see what happens.

In the meantime, this all has me wondering… Is the guerilla art that Hula Seventy did in Cincinnati this weekend just a bunch of useless cliches? Or might there be something to them?

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(Photos by HulaSeventy.)

by julie rybarczyk | shorts and longs | the both and

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  • CHANGES
    September 1, 2010 - 11:20 pm

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