Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Song

We choose the simple melody or the raging beat
We want the rhythm that slides down our backs or slams into our hearts
There is always a soundtrack to our lives
The song that defines the present moment
Hip.happy.sad.slow.fast.angry.quick.smooth
In the movies, there is always the perfect song for the perfect moment
In real life, we have to decide what song we want to follow us around
Lately, I feel I need a reminder, maybe you do too:

IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO CHANGE YOUR TUNE


To choose to be happier
To choose to be more positive
To let it roll off your back
To keep going
To embrace the overworked, overbooked, overwhelming
To smile like you mean it
To stop complaining

Another week, another song
Time to press play...

8 comments:

  1. "You don't have to subscribe to a standard of beauty created by someone else's lens"

    False; we all subscribe by default. Every element of jewelry and or clothing is created to forge a particular standard in which the creator wishes to espouse(a vision which in materialized by the fashion industry). So in fact, we tacitly suscribe to such a notion by dressing how we dress, that being, items acquired through ANY fashion retailer-to think otherwise-is just illusory and naive. The reality is that, you can't unsubscribe.

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  2. As "touchingly" realistic your remarks are, I feel obliged to play the offense here.

    Sure, the average human being subscribes this ideal of "social norms" and a particularly western definition of beauty, but that is in fact something we should NOT be complacent about, it's something we should be critical of.

    "You don't have to subscribe to a standard of beauty created by someone else's lens"

    So when I read this, I read a critical understanding of beauty. Which is something we should all "subscribe" to.

    COMPLACENCY = END OF CIVILIZATION.

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  3. yawn. a rose is a rose is a rose.

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  5. @ Navi lamba.

    "the average human being subscribes this ideal of "social norms" and a particularly western definition of beauty, but that is in fact something we should NOT be complacent about, it's something we should be critical of"

    This entire statement is completely vacuous. To be critical of a western standard of beauty(or any other standard, i.e. Middle Eastern, etc) presupposes an objective universal standard of beauty. If there is no objective standard of beauty, making adverse criticisms is arbitrary- you have no fundamental basis to appeal to. Essentially, you cannot adopt this ' critical brand of beauty', because the sole basis of your criticism is derived from your own opinion, which on a pervasive level, or any level, has no merit.

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  6. @Anon

    You missed my point completely.

    I'm not arguing that there is an objective universal standard of beauty. Neither is NotAModel.

    What I interpreted from her statement, was a critique of the dominant and often overwhelming western definition of beauty.

    The fact that we are conscious that it exists and hence, critical of it's existence is all that was argued.

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  7. I love reading these debates.

    There is no right or wrong when it comes to analyzing standards of beauty. While we all do subscribe in a way, I do believe that if you have a critical eye, you can begin to look beyond a photograph or hyper-stylized image and understand that it isn't the 'be all and end all.'

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