I keep citing the same book over and over, but the author of The Artist’s Way assigned me so much homework and morning pages that it only makes sense it would spill over into my blog. I’m a writer, and this book inspired me to write more.
One of the assignments was to “name five silly things you would try once.”
The first thing I thought was define silly.
You were presumably raised with a certain set of values, and if your aspirations don’t conform to those norms, are they labeled as silly?
What if I act in a way that is inconsistent with how society expects me to act? Am I being silly?
When you were a kid, were you ever told “Don’t be silly!” while having fun or goofing off? For that matter, what is the definition of “goofing off?” How far does play have to go to warrant it being “goofing off?” Where do we draw the line between silly and not silly? Goofing off and simple play?
According to Urban Dictionary, the definition of silly is completely different. But that’s because it’s Urban Dictionary. Speaking of, since you’re already on Urban Dictionary, type “dirty” and your first name and see what the definition is. Example: dirty Kari.
Now that’s a lot of fun, and a little silly as well.
Side note- here is an interesting discussion about who decides what a word means.
What if my idea of silly is your idea of a career? What if your idea of silly is my idea of a career? Do you see how much of a slippery slope this can be?
I could only think of two “silly” things I would try once, and to be honest, I don’t think those two are all that “silly.” I don’t like the thought of making other people feel bad about things that make them happy. Because I don’t believe that being silly equates to “lacking common sense.”
Sorry, George, Charles Merriam and Noah Webster, but I’m going to have to disagree with you. Why are we allowing stodgy men from the 1800’s to tell us what words mean, anyway? I believe that we should reinvent words every century.
I choose to reinvent silly.
To me, silly signifies carefree and cheerful. Doing something out of the ordinary, perhaps a little out of character. Something we all should do on occasion. I don’t think that’s “weak in intellect.” In fact, I believe that is sound reasoning.
What are five silly things you would do once? Or twice? Or weekly?