There’s a right way and a wrong way to do everything, or so the theory goes. When I was in art school, my professors repeated “you have to know the rules before you can break them” as if it were a mantra. As a lit major, I was led to believe that there were right books and wrong books. Cooking, running, driving, parenting–pretty much anything you can think of has a right way and a wrong way.
But does it really?
Maybe we should focus instead on results. Are you happy? Did you enjoy that story? Do you like that painting? Was dinner delicious? Congratulations: No matter how you got there, the result was right and that’s all that matters.
So stop focusing on “wrong,” unless of course you’re putting together a playlist:
“All Gone Wrong,” The Specials.
“I’m Wrong About Everything,” John Wesley Harding.
“Right and Wrong,” Joe Jackson.
“What’s Wrong,” Dennis Wilson.
“I Wanted To Be Wrong,” R.E.M.
“Now She Know She’s Wrong,” Jellyfish.
“People Are Wrong,” Severin.
“We Took the Wrong Step Years Ago,” Hawkwind.
There you have it: Eight songs to play when somebody done somebody wrong. What did I miss? I’m listening.