It is what it is
I don’t know what to call it (don’t know what to call it)
‘Cause I’m feelin’ something else (I’m feeling something else)
It is what it is (what it is)
Just don’t let yourself get caught up (aww girl)
When it’s really something else (yeah, yeah
Take it to the bridge ...
I'm not saying that two wrongs can make it right
It ain’t too late for us to try (yeah)
Do we put back together
Or we say goodbye? (ha) ...
~ Usher ~ It Is What It Is ~
“It is what it is ... a phrase that shows no sign of tiring. Similar to what’s done is done, boys will be boys and that was then and this is now. Sounds familiar right? Most either personally have used these expressions or know people who do.
So what does it actually mean? Well according to the infinite dictionaries, the definition is “this thing has it’s own distinct nature, this thing is itself .... this circumstance is simply a fact and must be accepted or dealt with as it exists”.
Yet could "It is what it is” also be a way of expressing philosophical resignation over a disappointment, of saying that the situation just has to be put up with. But do you have to put up with it?
Simply put, life constantly presents us choices ... we can choice to accept things the way they are OR we can believe that “it is not what it is, it is what you make of it”.
If you accept reality as it is, you end your suffering ... and your present moment is all you have. What you do in this moment will determine what will happen in the next and so on ... Perhaps in how it is defined, but for me it is a lot more hopeful to make the choice for change. If I don’t like my reality as it is, I need to change the present moment so that my next moment reflect what I truly want. Yes, easier said than done. Because it is super easy to say accept things the way they are AND decide nothing will change. The funny thing is, if you open you mind to the possibilities, your brain won’t fall out ...
So you get to decide ... is it what it is or is it what you what you make of it ... but while you are trying to figure that one out, make sure you ask yourself, what IT really is?