Lots of people dying lately…
And here I am, looking 50 right in the kisser. If my math is correct (and we have a 50/50 shot at that since I can't add my way out of a paper bag) that means I have 30 years til I hit the age that is definitely on the precipice of "the big dirt nap". I thought I would be upset about it, but as it turns out the only thing I am really worried about is how long will it be before I have to switch from botox to fillers. Vanity, as you know, is one of the seven deadly sins, and apparently I wear that bitch like I own it (because I do.) There are worse things than being vain. A LOT worse things.
This morning, as my daughter and I were watching the Today Show and their coverage of Joan Rivers’ passing, she turned to me as said “I hope you look hot when you’re 81.” I fell on the floor laughing. I didn’t even know she cared. I promised her I would do my best not to look hideous. She was good with that, and promised she would make sure I was buried in black because we all know it's an instant ten pounds off your ass. Actually, Joan would have appreciated that statement from my daughter. Love her or hate her, Joan was a broad who was unabashedly unapologetic and made no excuses for who she was. Didn’t like her humor? Get in line, a lot of people didn’t. Thought she was the poster child for plastic surgery? She was happy to admit that too. She lived her life on her terms, every day, and in the end I think a lot of people respected that about her, even if they didn't like her. I know I did. Love her or hate her, at least she inspired an opinion. I try to live my life under very similar circumstances. I have a crapload of people who adore me, and probably just as many, if not more, who think I’m a pain in the ass, or a bitch, or [fill in the blank with your own colorful descriptive term.] I’d rather inspire a strong opinion than no opinion. That would be boring, and I never want to be thought of as a boring wallflower. I’m a loudmouth, a smartass, a shameless broad who curses too much and is prone to inserting my foot in my mouth. I love to laugh – sometimes too loudly, and I have a caustic sense of humor which is often misunderstood. And honestly, my favorite thing to laugh at is myself, so it’s not like I don’t allow myself to be fair game. If we can’t laugh at ourselves, we are missing the very best jokes. Love me or hate me, at least I gave you something to think about. And admit it, you did think about it.
Part of the reason I live my life on my terms without apologies is that I want my daughter to realize that she is JUST FINE the way she is. If people don’t like you? Fuck ‘em. In ten years you won’t remember them. For a long time I really did give a rat’s ass what people thought of me. What a waste of frigging time that was. I want my daughter to realize that in the end it just doesn’t matter. Life is a grand illusion, a very very long epic movie. We spend far too much time worrying about people and things that will have no bearing on how we lived, or how we died. If life is about the journey, then make damn sure the journey is interesting. She’s starting to get it. Sometimes she makes a comment that makes me smile, because I realize she is a lot stronger and a lot less fragile, than I was at her age.
So to you, Joan, I tip my hat. I hope they plant your ass in that Valentino gown, and I sure the hell hope your daughter makes sure your makeup is flawless. Thank you for living your life with grace, and a delishly cruel sense of humor that many times left me in tears laughing. Because let’s be honest, we all love to laugh…really really laugh.
And if you don’t like this blog? Well, screw you, and I mean that in the best possible way.