A high school teacher of mine was very fond of saying “It is what it is.” After many events he would simply look, smile or sigh, and say “It is what it is.” As a high school student, I’d chuckle. I never really stopped to contemplate just what that meant. Today, I understand it on a greater level. Furthermore, I understand how it pertains to life.
What started in my mind as a funny saying now makes great sense. “It is what it is.” It is only that. Nothing more, or nothing less.
Humans possess an ability to make things bigger than they really are. We let our minds run wild and be stirred with emotion and crazy thoughts. Oftentimes this happens over things that really mean nothing or very little. If we take a step back and observe the situation for what it really is or was, we’d realize that it just “is what it is.”
Or maybe we minimize things. Perhaps something needs our attention but we just don’t dedicate it where it’s needed. Again, taking a good look at a situation can help us to see it for what it is.
Of course, the saying itself helps us to deal with life as it comes. We could go crazy trying to prepare for everything that may or may not happen, or we could completely under prepare for the same situations.
Rather, we should just take life as it comes to us.
We can go with the flow. By developing the ability to simply look at a situation and say “it is what it is”, we’re allowing ourselves to let go. It gives us the ability to realize that what just happened was probably going to happen, and there’s nothing we can do about it now anyways.
“It is what it is” and it was what it was.