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New T-shirt (Rhino vs Unicorn)

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

A guy at work has really cool, really interesting t-shirts. Sometimes, I have to make him stand still for a few min. until I figure it out. LOL He had this one on one day and I loved it!

I'm not sure how well the image will show up but it's a Rhino running on a treadmill dreaming of being a unicorn. When I first saw it, I loved it. I NEVER buy t-shirts but I had to have this one. I wore it a couple of times and enjoyed the idea of being a work in progress.

Then one morning, as I put on the shirt, a little voice inside said, "Should a Rhino made in the image that God intended really be striving to be a Unicorn, which is never going to happen or should the Rhino be striving to be a really fabulous Rhino?" It took my breath away. I'm trying to be something that I'm never going to be. I want to strive to be a really fabulous me, not a copy of "Sparkfriend" (name withheld to protect the innocent). That is what I should be working toward.

What do YOU think? Should the rhino be striving to be a unicorn? How do you think about your work in progress? Is the rhino shooting for the stars or lying to him/herself?
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    I think I would vote for putting up the hot rhino poster!

    Loved this blog!
    2472 days ago
    Wow! Such an innocuous image, but the possibilities. Reminded me of Rorschach ink blots. One person sees a rhino trying to reach the stars. Another sees a rhino trying to be something he/she is not. Looks like it is all in the perspective. When you first saw it, your perspective needed a big boost. Now you look at it and want the truth and something realistic to shoot for. I think we all have unicorn images in our head at some point, just some of us realize that a really buff rhino is nothing to sneeze at (and you might actually want to get out of the way of, or get run over!)
    2480 days ago
    I'm all for embracing the rhino (or unicorn or mountain goat) or whoever we might be. I want to be healthy and able to do the things I want (although accepting of the limitations that come with aging) and still enjoy the things I love. Unapologetically. emoticon

    2481 days ago
  • VON_1962
    I love the picture but, I also agree with you. The rhino will never be a unicorn. It doesn't hurt to dream. But, it also goes back to the concept of comparing what the charts say you should weigh compared to what is your "healthy natural weight". I will never be 145 pounds, it is just not realistic for me but, I can be a healthy weight for me. We can compare ourselfs to the model industry or accept that each of us is designed to be individuals. I am choosing to be "me"! Thanks for the great blog!
    2481 days ago
    LOL... I love your viewpoint Linda....but I;m kinda sad to know that really wanna be a copy of me( wink wink....wink wink) LOLOLOL....and I'm NOT innocent! (LMFAO) seriously though- pretty profound stuff there girlie! Thanks for sharing!
    2481 days ago
    I thought it was kind of funny at first - but then as I was looking at it, I thought oh poor Rhino. He will never be a unicorn.

    I found it interesting you came to the same conclusion... it's a little warped. I think that the Rhino should take down the unicorn poster, put up a hot Rhino looking model and be happy with itself! :)

    I think that I'm especially torn into two directions as it relates to us humans:

    1) We should be happy with the best selves we can make. We shouldn't strive to be people we aren't... especially at the risk of hurting ourselves (anorexia, etc).

    2) But just because "unicorns" are out there and we can't BE the unicorns - we shouldn't let it be an excuse to be unhappy with who we are. There are many ways for self-improvement, and working on ourselves to a version of ourselves that we are HAPPY WITH... is the most important part. Not that end result of being a "unicorn".

    Huh! Who knew a t-shirt would inspire such meanderings!?
    2481 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/5/2011 1:59:43 PM
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