Monday, October 20, 2014

Stay Golden

Many of my morals and ethics have been under review this year as I've struggled to find a reason for retaining them. In the last few weeks I've also been pondering how my life currently reflects the title of this blog. Many people see my tattoo and ask what it means but I haven't had a succinct answer especially since I'm not doing anything odd like living out of my car at the moment. Maybe I didn't 100% know what it meant but felt something I didn't have words for.  

This past Sunday I heard Robert Frosts' poem Nothing Gold Can Stay for the first time as Ponyboy recites it to Johnny in The Outsiders. When the movie ended I thought about Johnny telling Ponyboy to "stay gold" and realized that that is what running from the status quo is. Life tarnishes us, makes us jaded and we lose the hope and wonder that children have, succumbing to a white washed prison of adult expectations and complications. It's not that I want to be reckless and irresponsible, I just don't want to live with a crushed and depleted soul. If you've read any of my other posts, you know that I can be a bit cynical at times but there is a part of me that is always fighting for hope and positivity. No matter how much shit people give me for what I believe or how beaten down I may get by life, it seems hard coded in me to run, for the gold (if you can pardon the shitty pun). 

Its said that only the good die young. They haven't had time to lose their shine but that doesn't mean that we can't still be good when we are old. That's what I'm hoping for anyway. Now when someone asks "what is status quo fugitive?" I am going to reply "it's my version of stay gold". 

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