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If We Could Be Boring

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We were talking about relationships in my living room, over Aperol drinks with ice cubes and cigarettes off the fire escape. The ethereal echo of something lo-fi and chillwave set the mood. The heat lifted its oppressive finger, ever so slightly, in the early evening glow.

“If only we could be boring,” she said, wistfully, smiling in between sips.

If only. If only we weren’t pulled by an unquenchable hunger to make big things happen, to make music and images and moves, to shout in some way that people really hear, that echoes. If only we didn’t build this micro-world full of the same crazy, glittering people that we’ll never, ever be able to let go. What if you – beautiful, wonderful, talented and so full of light – were more boring? What if we were all more boring? Would it be better?

It might be easier, as I imagine life is for people who live boring. I respect it: I’m just beginning to understand how hard everything will always be because I choose to live only in extremes, at a breakneck pace, in a golden house full of only beautiful people. We never want to slow down. Maybe it is just because we’re young and don’t have reason to yet. Do boring people think about how fast they are living? Do they quiet that inner clamor with the rituals of a tempered life, built around bland tasting elements like cable television, freeway traffic, and local news?

I’m not trying to be mean. My parents would say: “You are so judgmental,” like they do whenever I talk about Midwestern life or normal people or the suburbs. But I mean no harm. I just can’t see how one could be happy being boring, and my parents also always say, “We just want you to be happy.” If only it were that easy.

Maybe I am speaking way too soon. Maybe things will progress, evolve, untangle and unfurl in the next decade or so, and suddenly everyone I know will live in houses in Connecticut of Rhode Island. Maybe. I just don’t foresee something so drastically separate from the life we are all trying so hard to build together out of these concrete streets, abandoned warehouse bricks, and the brilliant ideas that come of our long nights and conversations.

There is something to those long, sweaty nights, whether we are moving our bodies against each other or eating through packs and packs of cigarettes, letting our worries and reassurances slide out with the curls of smoke. It takes a night, and a groggy morning to make our collective thoughts come together. Boring people go to bed hours before we do. They never quite see the morning light. TC mark

image – Tiffany Day

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    • Guest

      Please tell me this was written by a 17 year-old

      • http://eccentricerrant.wordpress.com/ Alexandrea

        I am sorry to disappoint, but the tags say:

         20-somethings, Boring, Getting Old, Youth

    • http://twitter.com/ingenuegle Egle Makaraite

      Or they wake up early and see it and have the whole day when they’re not tired.
      Can’t wait for you to read this 5-10 years later and laughing at yourself!

    • Guest

      Well, this article is somewhat of a paradox, because in itself it answers it’s own question: yes, it’s possible.

    • Guest

      “eating through packs and packs of cigarettes, letting our worries and reassurances slide out with the curls of smoke”….that’s really extreme. “normal” people in the Midwest don’t live at such “breakneck” speed.

      • Anonymous

        Smoking is edgy, but EATING cigarettes? Goddamn.

    • Mr Shankly

      I thought this was pretty good until I realised it wasn’t a piece of satire. 

      • http://twitter.com/racefortheprize Jeremy Repanich

        I keep waiting for someone to tell me this is a joke.

    • Guest

      *is* this the lamest thing I’ve ever read?

      • Guesty

        Yes, it is.

    • http://staugustinian.wordpress.com/ STaugustine

      Will. not. take. bait.

      • Charles Reinhardt

        Must . . . resist . . . urge . . . to join . . . Al Qaeda . . .

        • http://staugustinian.wordpress.com/ STaugustine

          i just did kind of a “bark laugh” to that

    • Court

      The “boring life” in the Midwest or anywhere anxiom is tired. You make life wherever you go. First thing I look for whether or not someone is vapid: they think everyone else is.

    • http://eccentricerrant.wordpress.com/ Alexandrea

      Maybe I’m just old, but nowadays, my idea of non-boring is traveling to places I’ve never been to, and pushing myself to overcome my fears so I could go scuba diving, spelunking, mountain climbing, parasailing, etc.

      “There is something to those long, sweaty nights, whether we are moving our bodies against each other or eating through packs and packs of cigarettes, letting our worries and reassurances slide out with the curls of smoke.”

      Believe me when I say that, THAT, too, could get boring fast.

      • Anonymous

        hahaha

    • Guesty

      fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuccccccccccckkkkkkkk yyyyyyyyyyooooooooooooooouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

    • Stephanie Bates

      This is a joke right? Cannot wait for this person to read this again in 5 years.

    • Kennneth Gibson

      I stopped reading at “chillwave”.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1363230138 Michael Koh

      Getting Old, Youth, What?

    • Ohara Brendan

      If We Could Be Self-Involved.

    • Issm

      this is just so bad.

    • Vera

      this article makes you sound like every other person who possesses the nerve and narcissism to believe they are sooooo individual and precious. In other words, some of the most boring, unimaginative people who completely lack any sort of ability to see beyond his or her self. Pull your head out of it. 

    • Maggie

      i pictured you wearing the puffy shirt writing this so

      • Random

        Seinfeld pirate shirt?

        • Maggie

          of course

        • Maggie

          of course

        • Maggie

          of course

        • Maggie

          of course

    • Guest

      Love this piece :)

      • Asdf

        [of shit]

    • Charles Reinhardt

      Interesting people don’t talk about “relationships”.

    • Charles Reinhardt

      Interesting people don’t talk about “relationships”.

    • Charles Reinhardt

      Interesting people don’t talk about “relationships”.

    • Guest

      Get a job.

    • Jake.D.Snake

      Ironically, this is pretty boring.

    • its not

      this is so good!

    • lola

      wow you are so interesting!!!!!! what a special snowflake!

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