Definition: cli·ché (noun)
a phrase of opinion that is overused and betrays a lack of original thought; a very predictable or unoriginal thing or person
Our culture is wallpapered with clichés. As both an adolescent and avid Pinterest user, I’m constantly confronted with tired sayings that emphasize the merits of confidence, everyday acts of bravery, etc. If you spoke to me a year or even six months ago, I’d be the first to rolls my eyes and lament that these tropes could use a rest. This past year, however, was nothing if not a series of lessons, and in that time I’ve come to realize that a few of these so-called clichés possess significant merit. Today, I’m sharing the top three clichés that, seventeen years into this life, I know to be true:
“She who dares wins.”
Of all the clichés on this page, this is the one I myself resisted the most. It was only after a few years of growth and a couple bold moves of my own that I came to accept and even celebrate this idea. The key? “Win” does not equal instant gratification. More often then not, in fact, it takes a certain amount of distance to reap the (amazing) benefits of a risky life play. So whether you’re reevaluating your relationships or are in the throws of a major career change, remember to take a step back, breath, and remember: She who dares wins. Really.
“When one door closes, another opens.”
Again with the instant reward idea: After a major let down or change of plans, you will not always be presented with a serendipitous alternative. Rather, it might take weeks, months, or even years before you can appreciate how a supposed dead end led you in the right direction. Case in point: When I didn’t score my dream internship last summer, I was bummed beyond belief. Instead of commuting to Manhattan, I ended working two “regular” jobs for eight weeks. Both positions ended up being amazing, and I’ll always cherish the valuable lessons I learned and and the people I met. Long story short, it wasn’t the door a chose, but it was the door that was meant for me. 🙂
“There are some things that money can’t buy.”
Now this one is interesting. In all honestly, I believe that money can buy happiness. I mean, who here is going to deny the thrill of a brand-new hardcover or a great pair of shoes? Not me! What I will say, however, is that I don’t think money can create pure joy. Indeed, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve been less excited by the idea of material gifts on Christmas or my birthday. Instead, I look forward to the true celebration that is spending time with people I enjoy. With cake, of course.
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Tell me: What’s been your experience with clichés? Are there any that hold special meaning in your own life? Comment your favorites down below!