How to put some colour in your life

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION/NEWS -

One thing I dis­like in­tensely in life is a lack of colour. When the weather is grey, you can’t help feel­ing grey along with it. Like­wise, a lack of va­ri­ety in things around me tends to de­press me.

Na­ture cer­tainly can­not be ac­cused of per­pet­ual grey­ness or lack of va­ri­ety. It is a joy to be sur­rounded by colour – the trees, the flow­ers, the birds and an­i­mals.

It’s a pity New Zealand so­ci­ety seems so sold on black.

I re­alise the All Blacks are a na­tional sym­bol, but does that mean ev­ery­one has to get around in black?

That’s why I par­tic­u­larly en­joy go­ing to our church on spe­cial oc­ca­sions.

The Pa­cific Is­land women dress in the most won­der­ful ar­ray of colour and it gives a spe­cial at­mos­phere to the cel­e­bra­tions.

Other things in our so­ci­ety seem to be monotonously the same.

Take the num­ber of sil­ver and grey cars on the roads. (And, in­ci­den­tally, think how hard they are to see com­ing to­wards you when the driv­ers don’t put on their lights).

Then there are the houses.

It seems de­vel­op­ers buy all their ma­te­ri­als, in­clud­ing paint and tiles, in bulk, with the re­sult that hous­ing de­vel­op­ments give an im­pres­sion of same­ness.

Take a look at the Aotea Block or Chur­ton Park. How many of those new man­sions show signs of in­di­vid­u­al­ity in terms of colour or from any other per­spec­tive?

I’m re­minded of the old song: ‘‘Lit­tle boxes, lit­tle boxes… and they’re all made out of ticky tacky and they all look just the same.’’

Mod­ern mu­sic hasn’t es­caped the blight, ei­ther. Since the in­tro­duc­tion of ‘‘loop­ing’’, the end­less rep­e­ti­tions of so-called tune and min­i­mal words are very try­ing.

It seems we are all be­ing mass pro­duced th­ese days, pro­grammed into one way of think- ing and act­ing. You can tell who the lat­est pop sym­bol is by the way our young peo­ple dress.

Lorde, for all her good points and charm, is start­ing a cul­ture of masses of hair and ro­bot-like move­ments.

Are we los­ing our will to be dif­fer­ent from oth­ers? If so, that is very sad.

So for this new year, I’m de­ter­mined to bring as much colour as pos­si­ble into my life and the lives of those with whom I have con­tact.

This may be the A Touch of Grey col­umn, and I may well have grey hair (as most of us do as we get older), but I want to buck the trend of same­ness. I don’t want just to blend into the back­ground.

How do I do that? The recipe is sim­ple: Smile at ev­ery­one I meet. Talk to peo­ple at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity.

Al­ways wear colour­ful.

En­joy life (ob­vi­ous en­joy­ment is catch­ing). Learn from lit­tle chil­dren who are al­ways them­selves, with­out in­hi­bi­tion.

Grey Power doesn’t have a meet­ing this month.

We start again in Fe­bru­ary, and look for­ward to your company.


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