WHACK

design & copywriting by peyton perry

design & copywriting by peyton perry

i often joke that my spirit animal is a piñata. you know, the very typical piñata that's a donkey... i mean why not? i have a feeling that is what i would be in animal form before i'd be a dolphin or a raccoon... (someone once told me my spirit animal would probably be a raccoon--curious if that meant i have constant dark circles around my eyes or that i dig through trash--whatever i can't dwell on homegirl's opinion of my spirit animal). annnnyway, i made this graphic for a project but have since laughed because i've had to swallow my own advice.

take a whack at today and maybe candy will come out. 

a beautiful piñata et moi in LA this past year--photo by rosee canfield

a beautiful piñata et moi in LA this past year--photo by rosee canfield

it's true that if i take on today maybe the good stuff will come. however i feel that if i take a whack at today, i'll look silly (admit it: you've laughed at people swinging at the air blindfolded attempting to break open a piñata), i'll fail, or i'll get hurt (those wooden.... "hit sticks" ? .... are very dangerous).

we're going through life blind-folded, uncertain of our futures, but maybe if we take the risk and swing at the piñata...the piñata of life (HA!) ...maybe, a ton of Blow Pops will fall from the sky. 

when the saying came to me, i didn't think much of it. i'm learning a lot about taking risks and realizing that i really have nothing to lose at this point. now that i've sat back and really dissected the phrase, i'm proud of my brain for coming up with it (slash being blessed with this idea...).

you've heard this message a million times i'm sure, but for today i challenge you to actually take a risk. maybe that's by contacting the company of your dream job, maybe that's buying a plane ticket to india, or maybe it's just talking to your next door neighbor. if you fail, it makes a good story & lesson learned.

if you don't at least swing, you'll never even have the chance of breaking open that piñata for all the goodies inside. oh & funny enough, sometimes the failure is the goodie inside. in the words of that wieden + kennedy wall in portland , fail harder(er).

oh, and i bet you never realized just how philosophical piñatas could be! also, i've found a ridiculous amount of my inspiration comes from piñatas... so much for ever leaving south texas/living anywhere other than southern california. do they make real piñatas elsewhere?

photo by emily lahourcade

photo by emily lahourcade


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