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ugly ceiling

“There is no shortage of fault to be found amid our stars”
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Tapping away on my keyboard one work-from-home Tuesday afternoon, I took a rich sip of my overly-complicated coffee, sighed out the frustration of glaring at a blue screen on a sunny day, tilted my head back, and laid eyes on an exposed ceiling.

Among the modern-looking dim lights, intertwined and entangled, was every pipe and internal organ of this Starbucks building.

Why do we go to such lengths to disguise our outer self, the normalities of our existence, yet a ceiling exposed doesn’t make anyone flinch…?

Is it because we stopped looking up and started staring down? Does no one kneel and seek guidance from the stars any longer?

I don’t mind the ‘ugly ceiling’, it brings a touch of reality to what we pretend to be.

Do you mind ugly ceilings?


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  1. I don’t mind ugly ceilings, but I sure hate leaky ones!

    1. ooooh, leaky ceiling, that’s no fun, at least not for the person owning the said ceiling

  2. No I like ugly ceilings but i’d call them “different” or “special”

    1. I like that take x

  3. I rarely pay attention to ceilings because I’m more interested in what’s on my iPhone’s screen.

    1. Inticing screen indeed !

  4. I think you nailed it, Em: no one notices ceilings anymore because we’re also looking down at our screens.

    1. Sometimes I wonder how many years of my life I spend in front of a screen if I do the calculations….it’s too scary to measure! ( I work in front of a computer too)

      1. Future generations will have necks that only allow them to point their faces in the ideal direction for screen-reading. Because logic.

        1. hahaha :))

  5. We should take notice of our surroundings….ceilings included! 💙

    1. very true, I try xx Thanks for reading

  6. Ugly ceilings have that messy beauty about them – it’s great to notice the flaws in things and not always try to conceal them for neatness’ sake.

    1. The flaw is such a weird concept…

  7. A dose of reality is good! Ugly ceilings are ok!

    1. Yes, exactly, thanks for reading x

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