image from despair.com, apropos of nothing
I was on the phone with a friend earlier today, and it came to light that much of the joy I derive in life comes at the expense of others. Like, when I think of things that would really make me happy, it usually involves someone else becoming quite unhappy at that exact moment. For example, my wish today was for my friend's new business venture to annihilate the business of someone I don't like. That kind of shit. If something goes wrong (for someone else), I generally find it amusing, and then hide behind the guise of I'm laughing with you, not at you. Like, OMG, I am so sorry that you just tripped and fell ass over head over your baby's jogging stroller while passing me on the trail. So sorry, in fact, that my laughter is just an awkward attempt to help you heal from the humiliation.
That concept, coupled with the fact that my life seems to be made up of a continuous string of tragic yet random events led to the thought... I wonder if other people are getting a kick out of my misery? And the answer, after a scientific survey of asking three people how funny they thought it was when I went to work yesterday without my equipment**, was yes, indeed, people do enjoy my sorrow.
So in order to spread love and bring peace to the land, I decided to start the Daily Awesome, wherein *awesome* = OMG WTF seriously? did that just happen? dripping in sarcasm.
I was going to make it a blog feature, but then decided to make it a Facebook page, that way, when something awesome happens to you, you can share it with the world too. Because nothing helps one feel better about their current suckage than to have others point and laugh at it.
So go to Facebook and join the Daily Awesome. Right now. And if you're not on Facebook, then go join Facebook. You too can be awesome.
**I am a court reporter, and yesterday I went to a deposition without a steno machine, or laptop, or anything. If you're not familiar with this industry, the best example I could give would be imagine you get your entire family together for family portraits, the kids are dressed up and clean and everyone's hair looks good. And the photographer shows up and says, Crap, I forgot my camera. And that photographer has no camera, or back up camera, or even so much as a camera on his cell phone. That's what I did yesterday. But to lawyers instead of your family. Awesome.