Simply put, it is what it is.
No, it ain’t what it isn’t. It’s not what it is. It isn’t going to be what you thought it was and it’s definitely way beyond the big beyond. What it is isn’t what it isn’t and what it isn’t isn’t what it is. There’s a truly fine line in realizing these facts that I am here today to set the record straight about what is, what isn’t and what couldn’t possibly be.
But, yeah. It is what it is.
People who love to use the phrase “it is what it is” also love to use the phrase “six of one, half a dozen of another” and “well, what can you do” and “eh, fuggedaboutit”. These are people who want you to think that the way life unfolds is the way life unfolds, and since they can’t do anything about it they’re just going to let it happen and see how it all pans out. They are the acceptors of life and as far as they’re concerned, it is what it is.
But is it really what it is?
When I often come in contact with events that are what they are (which is the past tense of the ism we’re currently investigating) I stand up and wonder aloud if what was and what is and what will someday have been, could have possibly been what it was in the heat of the moment. For what moment is ever what it was when you look back at what it was when it actually was an “is” — i.e., happening right then?
It makes me think about the moment when I first saw The Real Genius — the hilarious Val Kilmer movie that co-starred some guy that looked a lot like a girl and to this day I wonder if he ever grew out of it. But besides that fact, when I watched that movie for the first time it WAS what it WAS, damn funny. But today, thinking back to that movie, it wasn’t what it was. Thus, in the heat of the moment (that first viewing) — it is what it is. But today, watching it again, it’s not nearly what it was in my mind from way back when.
It is what it is, but only if you don’t revisit the ism at a later date.
Honestly, let’s be frank. Nothing IS what it IS past the thirty seconds of the original ism. Sure, in that thirty second window, everything is what it is. But go past those thirty seconds, when your opinions may have changed, or your attentions have been misdirected somewhere else and what it once was, is just a memory. Since you have grown and changed and aged in those 30 seconds, so too has your memory of what once was, what it is now and what it will be for you in the future.
Don’t even get me started on things that were once what they were, evolved into being something that isn’t what it was, and now live on in our memories as something that couldn’t possibly have been when it possibly had been nothing like the original ism.
Of course that’s just my opinion, and you’ve got to take that for what it’s worth.
But in this moment, my opinion is what it is.
Isn’t that awesome? Yeah. It is.
In other holiday news, Happy Passover & Happy Easter to everyone.