by J.L. O'Dell
A short, humorous look at Cliches
A cliché is a word or saying in our language that has been used so much, that it is terribly uncreative. Clichés are common and overused.
Since I must pick one, I guess I’ll go with the one I remember my mother saying frequently, “don’t cry over spilled milk.” When I was younger, I didn’t understand what this meant but I was extremely careful not to spill milk. It would have been okay to spill milk, I suppose, since I heard you didn’t have to cry if you did.
Of course, while you may not need to cry for spilling milk, you would cry after the spanking you received for spilling said milk. I always wondered if there might be a mixed message hidden somewhere in all this.
As I grew older, I understood what this cliché really meant. It all came to me right after I spilled some milk. The true meaning is that there’s no point to being upset over something that has already happened and cannot be changed. Someone should have explained this to my dad when I was a kid.
So, as a full-grown human adult, if I spill milk, I understand that it’s done and over. I cannot change that. If I spill said milk on the counter, it is an easy clean-up. And if the milk hits the floor, I have 3 four-legged Roomba vacuums at my disposal. Clean up in aisle 3.
Now, let me be honest with you. I don’t really like milk that much, so if I spill a little, I’m not that bothered. Beer, however, is a different story. I like beer and if I did spill beer, I probably would cry. At the very least, I would shed a tear. Not because I can change the outcome. The beer has already hit the floor and I can hear my Roombas quickly approaching for the clean-up in aisle 3.
To wrap this up, stop being upset about things that have happened and cannot be changed. The outcome is the outcome. At the end of the day, it is what it is. In closing, let me paraphrase song lyrics from a Leslie Gore song from the 1960’s (dating myself here). “It’s my beer and I’ll cry if I want too.”