As Nike says, “Just do it,” although even I know they are talking about something else. Show your body, if you dare; plump your lips; smooth your brow; whiten your teeth; and walk with a presidential strut. But don’t flaunt your big car or talk about your “staff”—it’s in bad taste. As for being social, the focus today is more on the political meaning than the packed-calendar one.
There are good aspects of change, after all. It’s time to stop saying negative things, and that especially goes for reviewers of plays, books and movies. They should all lighten up. Not everything is Shakespeare, Tolstoy or Truffaut—and it can still be entertaining and interesting.
Staying up-to-date is vital in this world of tectonic changes. From the big-bucks bankers and chief executives who spent millions on their offices and private planes—and were paid millions even as the government bailed out their companies—to Hollywood celebrities and sports stars, they all need a reality check. Whistle the Bob Dylan song if you require reminding.
But as the president says, it won’t be easy. Change takes effort and focus. We need to ask ourselves: Are we fat and lazy (like moi), or are we ready to rush into the new era, lean and mean? I’m doing toe touches to get into shape.
Because it’s time to stop criticizing the past and look to the future. Not to be rude, but it’s time we pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and start all over again. Think positive.