Back from an incredibly awesome extended family weekend in Pittsburgh, I find myself tonight reflecting on some popular cliches--most of which I find incredibly annoying but also true/good advice. (I guess it's why people insist on repeating them again and again and again, just as I'm about to do. Sorry.)
In no particular order, here goes:
1. Life is too short... [you can fill this in with whatever you'd like but basically the point is that you should be enjoying every moment.] And on the topic of "enjoying every moment," my friend Mia just sent me a link to this very excellent blog post.
2. Just do it. Ok, this is not really a cliche and it's not at all annoying to me. I think this Nike slogan is brilliant and basically a much more eloquent version my new motto, "shut up and go." (In fact, I'm sure that Nike's motto subconsciously inspired my new mantra.) This weekend I just did it--I shut up and went... ice skating at PPG. It wasn't pretty but it was super fun. Jules had a blast too!
3. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. (HT - if you're reading, I know what you're thinking and, no, you shouldn't comment.) This motto makes me want to hurl but I like the point: Make the best of it. Big shout-out to my sis and JO who are pretty skilled at living this cliche. (Congrats.) And not that Kai napping is a big lemon, but when Kai-guy slept through the ENTIRE Children's Museum experience, Kate and Jon (ha: Jon and Kate!) found a way to turn that into something completely delicious while Jules and I were legitimately exploring the exhibits. Here's a taste:
4. If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. This is great advice--from my mom. I'll be honest though: I pretty much suck at following this. I say a lot of things that aren't nice. But I say a lot of things that are nice, too. So I'm talkative. Maybe there's a way of looking at this as a ratio, like the one doctors use to evaluate your cholesterol?
5. Don't worry, be happy. Um, right. Bobby McFerrin, clearly you and I are wired a bit differently. But I like your style.