How to put some colour in your life
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.