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sometimes it’s not about the cat

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padilla – “true heroism shows itself spontaneously somewhere in the space between courage and absurdity.”

That’s such a good space. When you want to say something or do something that’s bubbling up from the strange and secret depths of who you are, but you’re not sure if it will be a social failure or a communicative flop.

You’re afraid your self-expression or sense of humor may not be understood as you intend it, and you don’t feel like you have the skills to translate it into the communal, public language that we use to express ideas to other people. It’s so deeply yours, and it may end up being missed by those around you, just another offering to the universe and whoever’s watching – because nobody around you is – but you can’t feel right about holding back. You’ve got to express yourself and let that crazy-uncertain thing loose, even if it’s clumsily, even if you end up looking like a loon. You’re a hero, standing there, balancing, trying.

2 Responses to sometimes it’s not about the cat

  1. Annabel says:

    this is a great picture of stinky. i like it with the quote, even though i dont think you meant them to go together, but i think stinky was somewhere between courage and absurdity. i would like to be more like stinky. i wonder what happened to him.

  2. Sabrina says:

    I actually did mean them to go together. I taped those two things to the side of my bookcase together because they felt right. He doesn’t match what I wrote, but he matches the quote, in a different way. I think a sweet old lady brought him inside to drink cream by her fireplace and sit on her lap while she knitted. He deserved that. Smelly old man. I love the way he’s holding himself in that picture, staring straight at you.

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