We’re on the tale end of a couple rainy days over here in the Midwest, and rain always puts me in a contemplative mood. Figure now is as good a time as any to tap out a few thoughts to wrap up the conversation about selling out. I’ve come to think that there are a three points to consider when it comes to the idea of selling out, and only one point is relevant.
The first irrelevant point is the accusation of selling out. It’s naïve to think peer pressure ends with high school or that accusations (or opinions) are incapable of ruining lives, but we can’t allow ourselves to be judged as sell outs by others. Shakespeare has that line about being true to yourself. As long as you stay true to yourself the accusations of others shouldn’t effect how you view yourself. Subscribing to some generic definition of selling out is the second irrelevant point. We shouldn’t worry ourselves with the accusations of others or try to live by their definitions either. It is all too easy to criticize ourselves or to think less of ourselves when we apply some generic definition of selling out to our lives. The third and only relevant point is whether or not we believe we sold out. If you can look in the mirror and live with what you choose to do then the accusations of others and their definitions don’t matter.
The only judge of whether or not you’ve sold out is you. The accusations and definitions of others are irrelevant. I’ve dedicated the past month to the topic of selling out and now it’s time to move along to a new topic. I hope you found something interesting (or at least entertaining) among these posts.
1. “Coffee Girl”–The Tragically Hip
2. “Smoke Rings”–Sam Cooke
3. “Cigarettes and Coffee”–Otis Redding
4. “Rum in My Morning Coffee”–Jan Smith
5. “Three Cigarettes in an Ashtray”–Patsy Cline
6. “Don’t Smoke in Bed”–Nina Simone
7. “Cigarettes, Whiskey, and Wild Wild Women”–Jim Croce
8. “Coffee Blues”–Lightnin’ Hopkins
9. “Never Get Out of These Blues Alive”–John Lee Hooker
Sunday view from apartment.