Living Tangerine

13 Aug

Life is pretty awesome.

Think of your life. Now assign a colour to your life. Cynical people refuse to do this… They maintain that life is more like a rainbow than an actual colour. But if you think on it hard enough you can assign a colour not only to the events that occur within your life, but also in the way you respond and react to these events.

Now you can live in whatever colour you like. A colour is not an important as its connotation, and different colours have different meanings, they symbolize different things to different people. What “red” means to you, might be completely different to someone else. After all, at various points in history red had symbolized: love, blood, the AIDS epidemic, passion, fire, rage, Catholicism, Communism… and these are only a few.  But where as you might equate the colour red with love and romance, and view yourself to be a romantic, someone else may view the colour with negative connotations. But what it means to you is the most important aspect of tying your life to it.

At this point you’ve gathered that when someone asks me what my favourite colour is… it’s not a question I take lightly.

Now, I don’t particularly like the colour “tangerine” aesthetically. It’s a loud, somewhat obtrusive colour, with little use in logical design. And, I don’t particularly like eating tangerines. They’re far from my favourite fruit. However, I love the ideas behind the colour and the fruit when I apply them to life. Life is frustrating, much like peeling the fruit, but it is also intoxicating, and sweet, and filled with “pits” and tough bits. It’s guarded and it’s small, and short lived. It’s beautiful, and cute, and pretty… and generally lovely.

I may not embody the idea of this wonderful little fruit, but I have the depth to see it for more than what it is: more than the sum of its parts. I see as it something to strive towards. Tangerine is the colour of positivity, happiness, excitement, and childishness. It’s the odd crayon in the box. It is not without the reminder of responsibility and obligation.

The pits, membrane and skin of a tangerine are reminders of the sour parts of life that make the sweet parts worth the effort.

Moving out of black and toward something brighter and better, is the practice of “living tangerine”. This is just my journey.


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