The road less traveled… la la la

19 Jan

I don’t know if this has always been popular, or if it’s gained momentum recently, but everyone is totally into really deep, inspirational quotes lately. Maybe it’s spurred by Pinterest or people’s email signatures, but everyone seems to have recently gotten a philosophy degree. Also, Martin Luther King Jr is misquoted at least twice a week, poor guy. He really did say some great things, too bad we have to mess them up.

I tried this, it's not that effective.

Now, I love a beautifully crafted, spiritually provocative saying as much as the next person. I have a Google Doc dedicated to them. I’ll not put them in my Facebook status, you’re welcome. Probably my favorites are in Helvetica and laid over an instagram photo.

All I want to say is, aren’t we over doing it on some of the “classics”? Allow me to explain…

“You can dream it, you can do it” -Walt Disney

Uhh really? Because I have a lot of cool dreams and I don’t think I can do any of them. Last night I had a dream that I left work and went camping. Well, sorry Walt, that’s not really an option. I also dream up cool stuff like hamburgers that are healthy or a car that runs on hopes and dreams. What now?

“Well-behaved women rarely make history” -Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

To begin, the quote never gets accredited to the right person. Heck, I might have even misattributed it, don’t trust me. On the surface, I agree with it. Got to stir a little dust, ya know? But really badly behaved people end up in jail and is that really the history you want to make?

“Dance as if no one’s watching, sing as if no one is listening, tweet as if no one is following.”

This sounds really freeing, but my dad regularly checks my twitter, as do my coworkers.

“I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” Marilyn Monroe

write this one down, it's a keeper

Ok, first of all, Google “Marilyn Monroe quotes.” I was really surprised that she said so many deep things. I’m not trying to be rude, but she was a movie star not an author, so I was a little impressed. Second of all, Marilyn, as true as those first two sentences are about me and most other women, can you not say that? I’ve been trying to convince boys that I am perfect for far too long to have you blow my cover like that.

“The best things in life are unseen, that’s why we close our eyes when we kiss, cry & dream …” -No idea

Rhymers are crowd pleasers! That’s why everyone loves the Dr. Seuess quotes. I also open my mouth when doing all of those things, but that’s far less poetic.

“Everything happens for a reason.” -Eveyone

This is the ultimate, “It’s going to be ok even though it blows right now” quote. Reread this one, could it be more vague? When something really bad happens and someone tells you this, don’t you just want to shout out “And what reason do you think that is??” Talk about an awkward silence. Hopefully that person will follow with…

“Whenever a door is closed, a window opens.” -Also everyone

This is true except when the A/C is turned on, then you better believe my mom is closing all of the doors and all of the windows because “We’re not paying to cool the whole neighborhood.” But really, I do understand the need to look for new opportunity. It just seems a little weird that the quote isn’t actually backwards. Doesn’t a window seem like a crummy, back-up option for a door? It’s like saying, “Well, the plan to drive to Chicago didn’t work, but we can always walk or go on our Razor scooters.” Umm the backup plan is a back up plan for a reason.

Wouldn’t it be more positive to say, “When a window closes a door opens” ? Like, hey what you though you wanted didn’t work out because there is something better in store. But no, it’s the opposite- good luck trying to make a window work when you clearly wanted a door.

All that being said, I think there are some really beautiful tidbits of wisdom out there. I’m not hating, just saying it’s time to retire the tired classics. Let’s stop repinning and read some books!

Hey! My mom says that too!

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