I’d been seeing pictures of this naked guy for most of my life. Now I was finally in Florence and I figured it was time to see if the real thing measured up.
I’m talking about Michelangelo’s David – what were you thinking?
For almost 375 years (1504 – 1873) years he stood outside in the Piazza della Signoria. Then he was moved inside to the Accademia di Belle Arti to protect him . . . personally I think it was to move him somewhere they could charge tourists to see him. I guess the Piazza was looking a little lonely, because a few years later, a replica was put in his place. That’s right, a fake David replaced him.
I have a tendency to exhaust myself on vacation, I want to see and do EVERYTHING. So by the time I got to Florence, I had already seen Rome, Venice, Assisi, Siena, Pizza, a dozen smaller towns and enough of the stunning Italian countryside to make me dizzier than the Italian wine.
I gazed at the fake David in the Pisa, it’s beautiful; I was tired and broke; for a moment I considered skipping the very long line and the very expensive ticket to the Accademia. I will never regret slogging my tired tourista butt over to the line and paying the exorbitant price to see a statue that was commissioned and carved to be on public (FREE) display.
The copy is impressive and beautiful, the original is alive. I know, I know you’ve now decided I’ve lost it and are about to flip over and check out someone else’s blog, but before you do, take a second and go with me. I’m serious about this, that 17 foot hunk of marble man is breathing. It’s as though five hundred years ago some seventeen foot naked guy was walking through the Accademia and someone over to his left yelled “Hey Dave” and he looked…he’s still looking.
There is a life in the original that is not in the copy, even a stunning copy.
You are an original. When we live our lives as copies of someone else: trying to live up to someone else’s dreams, expectations or limitations, we lose originality; we lose life . . . NO ONE wins.
Live your life as the original masterpiece it is and everyone around you wins . . . even the people who think you should do it their way.
Pay the extra, go see the original; go the extra mile, be the original. It’s worth it.