March 26, 2009 @ 12:50 am by sean
“Someone told me that Midwesterners carry this belief that the greatest destination always exists somewhere else, even if they are already there.”
Well, not me. But someone told that to Matthew Gamber. He relayed that while describing his Countrypolitan photograph series.
That aforementioned belief is really starting to annoy me. We’ve certainly built ourselves something ugly around here, but the prevailing notion that there is nothing we can do about it so we must go somewhere else is getting tired, and I wish people would start being more positive. Not just less negative, because the one’s who are not negative but not positive are just apathetic.
Detroit expatriates are fond of saying “last one out, turn the lights off.” It was clever the first time. And still would be if I’d never heard it again. The people saying that and holding the belief that the greatest destination is always somewhere else will never be happy. Surprisingly enough, there are positive things happening in Detroit (that is kind of old news, a few weeks ago that story would have been news, now it’s just one of many) and across the Midwest, and while it may not be easy or seemingly worthwhile, I have little doubt that those participating in those things are much happier than the others.
Although the lemonade made from the lemons life hands me tastes distinctly like someone forgot sugar, I’m not about to give up. There has to be something more, but it doesn’t have to be somewhere else.