Yesterday I overheard two women bemoaning their dull lives. “How are you today?” one asked the other.
“Same-old, same old,” was the reply.
I wanted to shake their doldrums away. Go look at a painting! Walk the dog! Stop drinking soda–it’s making you tired!
Theodore Wores was the son of a hat manufacturer in San Francisco. He took to art at the age of twelve. At 15 he enrolled at the San Francisco School of Design. A year later he was off to Munich to study and befriend the likes of Frank Duveneck and William Merritt Chase.
I doubt he ever had a same-old, same-old day. Theodore spent years in Japan and visited Hawaii and Samoa. He married and settled in San Fran spending the rest of his life capturing California.
Theodore hung with people who had big ideas like Oscar Wilde.
We don’t need fancy friends though, do we? We may not paint or write prose that will stand the test of time, but we can walk the dog when winter finally breaks. We can allow ourselves big ideas, too. Who says we have to be the same-old, same-old people getting our marching orders from TV and people who’ve already given up on life?
I’m going to stick with painters I don’t know and when I’m done drinking up their masterpieces, I’m going to walk the dogs.