One-liners are sticky AF. It takes a lifetime to relearn and unstick them.
I can’t count all the times I’ve heard a one-liner or been told something untrue and it has stuck. I can tell you that these sticky one-liners still pop-up, 30 years later, somehow mid-run or mid-bike ride crystal clear with chimes and angles singing like the truth of all truths. A slight punch in the chest reminding you that,
“You’re too sensitive.”
“You’re work is creepy.”
“You draw too light, use black.”
“You don’t have a voice.”
blah blah blah…
My three year olds least favorite thing right now is to be sticky. Hates it. Won’t eat sticky things. Screams. Cries. Detests being sticky. Except for chuppa-chups, those are the exception.
Let’s be like Sophie. Let’s detest one liners. Let’s Scream. Cry. Run from them! No, but really, let’s not eat them up like candy and believe they’re truths. It’s your personal practice, it’s your work, it’s coming from inside you and it’s honest. Keep going.
And let’s use all the meaningless one-liners you once believed to work harder, and stronger, and skyrocket your confidence and your practice.
Lisa Yuskavage, Pie Face, 2007, oil on linen
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