Monday, June 4, 2012
This is a photograph of a poster which lives in my office at work. I can't remember where I got the poster but I can tell you it snags my attention on a daily basis. What is it that is so attractive about this poster? Yes, the dog is cool, for sure, and he (yes, he is a he) is irresistible. But it is the words that mesmerize me and wrap me around their sounds. I can't even really tell you what they mean. They simply evoke familiarity and yearning:
"Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary." Cecil Beaton
In all honesty, I think I am a play-it-safer. I live a conventional life in a nondescript small town. There is nothing exceptional about me or my family. I want to be daring but I am not brave enough to be daring. I want to be different, but what's the point of that? Be different for the sake of different? I don't think so. Rarely am I impractical. I grew up knowing frugality and hard work. Doesn't blend so well with impracticality.
Why do the words capture me so much? What do you think?