Monday, August 18, 2008

Why should we take it easy?

I love Emiliana Torrini. For those of you who have never heard of her - read on.
She is a beautiful, gifted woman who possesses the extraordinary ability to nail things down with just few simple words.
Some time ago I met up with one of my non-tango friends. These occasions being ever so rare, I did my best to avoid even mentioning tango, but then he asked. I admit I can get pretty emotional at times and I might have gotten carried away a bit. But after a while he made me stop dead in my tracks by just saying in an amused way, "Come on,you are not serious, are you? Take it easy. It's just a hobby".
There it was, as fluffy as clichés generally go.
How often in our lives do we hear those magical three words? Take this easy
and take that easy.
You know what?
I wish I could, but on the second thought – I'm afraid, I don't want to.
Neither tango, nor anything else in my life.


Elizabeth said...

It seems that tangueros and tangueras are not the sort to
"take it easy" are they?
Passionate, driven, committed.
The only way for some of us.

Björn said...

I think you are right. Too often we pay too little attention to the things that really matter. But on the other hand, it is always good to hold the balance, and to not be carried away too far. You know why? Because of all the other things that count in your life. Committment is necessary, so often there is not enough passion which is the source of so many wonderful things. Just make sure that committment to one thing doesn't rule over all the other aspects that make up yourself.

Alex said...

I just ran across this whilst looking for another quote. I like it. I think it applies a bit here. I may make it my new mantra. "What I must do is all that concerns me."

"What I must do is all that concerns me. This rule, equally arduous in actual and intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is harder because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it." Ralph Waldo Emerson

I wonder though, if the word "meanness" should be "meaninglessness".

Remember - his words reflect his thoughts, his mindset, his soul - and are his issues. Not yours.

Tango, "just a hobby". Never.

La Tanguerita said...

You are right, Elisabeth. Maybe that's the reason we have become attracted to tango in the first place.
But maybe that's what make me "me". This kind of drivenness.Tango is not the only thing I'm that passionate about:-)
such a wonderful quote!thanks for finding it.