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A Pledge to Cliché Optimism in 2021

Updated: Jan 21, 2021

Opening an event venue in the middle of a pandemic isn't exactly what we had in mind, so we have no choice but to keep a look out for the rainbows after the rain.

A person holding happy balloons
It's time for some positivity...

We have all heard them. We have all seen them on mantles of vacation rental homes. I am talking about cliché quotes about optimism.

For Example:

"Yesterday is history, tomorrow a mystery and today is a gift. That's why we call it the present."

"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars."

or the classic.....

"If life gives you lemons, make lemonade."

Why can motivational quotes be so loathsome for us skeptics out there? The really corny ones are over used. They saturate social media as currency for cheap inspiration and a like. They offer an overly simplistic way of relating to the complexities of living a chaotic and ever changing life that inevitably forces us to face challenges, hard emotions, and redirections.

And in our current point in history, each one of us has had to do just that. We have been challenged by an extra dose of turmoil due to a global pandemic that seems never ending, the upheaval of the economy, media, societal norms, family life and a wrenching political crisis. All of those things create a lot of hard emotions and it often feels like we are readjusting our shared versions of reality on the daily. Cliché optimism feels like a slap in the face when we are out here in our dhingy, riding out the storm.

However, these cliches are shared for a reason. At some point in our human journeys, unfettered optimism is the only choice to make for the sake of our sanity.

That is why we here at Open Space Event Studios are making a pledge to clichéd optimism in 2021. We are going to throw up our hands and embrace all the dorky pun 'presents', the lemons and lemonade, and we are going to gear up for the moon.

Why? Well, we are attempting a spectacularly amusing feat by opening an event venue in the middle of a seemingly never-ending pandemic. In the beginning of 2021, when there are still so many challenges in front of us —it looks as there is no end in sight.

It is easy for the mind to go dark places, it is much harder to choose the positive path. But that is what we are going to do. We are going to sally forth beyond our doubt and believe that the world will be a better place in 2021. Where we get to see our friends, and watch plays and films, listen to live music, send our kids to school and be with our colleagues. We must believe that we will be able to gather and connect and create together because that is what Open Space is all about. It is an event and collaborative work space.

After a long renovation process, we will be officially open by the end of January. In this first quarter of the year, we are seeking to provide a Covid compliant space for small workshops, creative production teams, and we are reaching out to those other dreamers who are ready to start envisioning what could be when the world opens up to us again. Please feel free to reach out to us if you would like to see the space.

Just remember, "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass. It's about learning to dance in the rain."

; ) Be well.


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