The Importance Of Having Funny Friends

The Importance Of Having Funny Friends

Love the people who make you laugh out loud.
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Did you laugh today?

I sincerely hope the answer is yes. Laughing is like breathing; if you're not doing it, there's a strong chance you might suffocate. But, the thing about laughing is, it's quite difficult to do on your own. We have lungs so we can breath and friends so we can laugh. That is not all there is to know about the world, but it's a pretty substantial foundation. Funny friends make laughing easy—they're like the oxygen masks you must have to survive the altitude of life's most difficult days. They're the breaths that come to be so essential yet unconscious in our everyday lives. It is important we stop and notice them.

Recognizing the people who cause your laughter is just like pausing for a moment to consider your breath, noticing as it comes in and out of you. This is how people meditate. It's calming to know that you can always breath; it's equally calming to know that in the chaos of life, you can always laugh. Find these people and hold on to them. Let them continue to remind you that life is perpetually funny, so long as we can still laugh and breathe.

Having funny friends not only calms you, but it also makes you smarter and more humble. If you have funny friends, they will constantly remind you that you are not that big of a deal. They'll laugh at you when you trip down the stairs so that'll you know: yes, everyone saw. No, it doesn't actually matter. They will help you appreciate and not hate the things about you that are not perfect and the mistakes you wish you hadn't made. In this way, you become smarter. You become endowed with an increased capacity to rebound and focus on solving problems, rather than dwelling on their significance. Indeed, the mistakes and misfortunes in your life may be significant, but if you have funny friends, they will help you see that other parts of life are still silly.

Funny friends help you believe in the future. When you're devastated with yourself at 3 a.m. for eating a tub of Ben & Jerry's all by yourself, they remind you that: yes, you'll probably feel very sick tomorrow, but in three days it'll be pretty hilarious to future you.

Keep your funny friends and always seek out new ones. They are the air and the lungs that fuel your happiness.

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To The Coach Who Ruined The Game For Me

We can't blame you completely, but no one has ever stood up to you before.
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I know you never gave it a second thought, the idea that you're the reason I and many others, never went any farther in our athletic careers.

I know you didn’t sincerely care about our mental health, as long as we were physically healthy and our bodies were working enough to play. It’s obvious your calling wasn’t coaching and you weren’t meant to work with young adults, some who look to you as a parent figure or a confidant.

I also know that if we were to express our concerns about the empty feeling we began to feel when we stepped onto the court, you wouldn’t have taken the conversation seriously because it wasn’t your problem.

I know we can't blame you completely, no one has ever stood up to you before. No one said anything when girls would spend their time in the locker room crying because of something that was said or when half the team considered quitting because it was just too much.

We can't get mad at the obvious favoritism because that’s how sports are played.

Politics plays a huge role and if you want playing time, you have to know who to befriend. We CAN get mad at the obvious mistreatment, the empty threats, the verbal abuse, “it's not what you say, its how you say it.”

We can get mad because a sport that we loved so deeply and had such passion for, was taken away from us single-handedly by an adult who does not care. I know a paycheck meant more to you than our wellbeing, and I know in a few years you probably won’t even remember who we are, but we will always remember.

We will remember how excited we used to get on game days and how passionate we were when we played. How we wanted to continue on with our athletic careers to the next level when playing was actually fun. We will also always remember the sly remarks, the obvious dislike from the one person who was supposed to support and encourage us.

We will always remember the day things began to change and our love for the game started to fade.

I hope that one day, for the sake of the young athletes who still have a passion for what they do, you change.

I hope those same athletes walk into practice excited for the day, to get better and improve, instead of walking in with anxiety and worrying about how much trouble they would get into that day. I hope those athletes play their game and don’t hold back when doing it, instead of playing safe, too afraid to get pulled and benched the rest of the season.

I hope they form an incredible bond with you, the kind of bond they tell their future children about, “That’s the coach who made a difference for me when I was growing up, she’s the reason I continued to play.”

I don’t blame you for everything that happened, we all made choices. I just hope that one day, you realize that what you're doing isn’t working. I hope you realize that before any more athletes get to the point of hating the game they once loved.

To the coach that ruined the game for me, I hope you change.

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Kawhi Leonard, Thank You For Your Laugh

His laugh, not the laugh it gave me. Although that was nice, too.

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We take things too seriously. Life tells us we have to care about academics, politics, economics etc... We have to live or die by our political affiliations or our favorite sports teams. We cry and scream like children of the middle of the street when Trump is elected and get offended when people laugh, like caring that much about something isn't absolutely hilarious.

"Me Too" has hit full stride with the indictments of Brett Kavanaugh and Urban Meyer, igniting fires in the most passionately bipartisan areas of life; sports and politics. We are taking sides more than ever and, despite what people might say, we love it. As a conservative, I love when Trump says to "grab her by the pussy" because I know it will piss off a lot of people, and now I have a fight on my hands, I have a purpose.

As a liberal, I also love when Trump says to "grab her by the pussy" because, although I am truly, deeply disturbed, I now get to show people how moral and right I am by telling people how amoral and wrong Kavanaugh is.

But as a human being, I choose to die laughing at Kawhii Leonard laughing like an insecure robot at a press conference. That's it. That's all there is to it. I could tell you I love it because it really helps us relate to larger than life personalities, that even they have flaws. If Kawhii Leonard feels awkward speaking in front of people and screws up his own laugh, then what do I have to worry about? Thanks, Kawhii!

I could say that's the reason why, but it's not. Truth is, when I'm with my friends and we're having a stupid, fun time and someone pulls up a video of Basketball superstar Kawhii Leonard laughing like he hasn't heard his own voice in weeks, I cry laughing because the stupidity of it is the beauty of it. It's absurd, and that's all that matters. It takes us away, even if only for a moment, from things we think matter. Kawhii's laugh is our common enemy.

But instead of an enemy, it's literally a blip of an unexplainably absurd thing we can all laugh it. That's it. It's thoroughly unexplainable. There's no debate about whether the dress is blue or black, no debate about it not being one's kind of humor, no not understanding it. He laughs, then I laugh, then we all laugh. Thanks, Kawhi.

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