I absolutely love to be laughed at. To me, there aren’t many better feelings than being the butt of a joke. I love being surrounded by friends who are in stitches because of something stupid I’ve said or done. Being the reason my friends are happy and enjoying themselves completely outweighs any embarrassment or regret.
I have a very long list of things that I’ve said and done that baffle even me. Don’t get me wrong, I am a smart girl but boy have I had my fair share of blonde moments.
Just to name a few;
1. When I was in the 9th grade, I asked if Madagascar was a real place.
2. When I was in the 10th grade, I asked if the Samoa (the island) was 5 hours by plane or by car from Australia.
3. Just recently on holiday with a group of friends, I asked if stars were rocks.
4. 5 minutes later, I VERY confidently said the Sun was a rock.
5. The next day as a test I was asked what a star was. In a laughing kind of f*ck you attitude I replied ‘a meteorite.’
6. I once mistook the Southern Cross for the Union Jack on the Australian flag.
7. I thought the popular saying ‘polar opposites’ was pronounced ‘bipolar opposites’
Almost every time I say ridiculous things like this at least one person asks under their breath how I can be so clueless.
I never get upset or angry or annoyed that my friends laugh at me. In a way I love to be the centre of attention and I am always congratulated on how well I take it.
On holiday, one of my friends said to me, ‘Madi, it’s the way you say everything with such confidence that makes it ten times funnier. It’s the way you genuinely believe some of the things you say. Better yet, you take it so well. Not once have I ever heard you talk back when we’re laughing at the stupid things you say.’
I was really taken back when he said this, I actually thanked him and told him I genuinely do not care at all if people are laughing at me, mainly because I know I am ridiculous sometimes.
The next few days I thought really hard about what he said and it’s what inspired me to write about it because i realised the only way we should live life is with buckets of confidence.
Having confidence I truly believe it the key success.
Confidently greeting someone you’ve never met before absolutely increases your chances of becoming friends. Being confident that you will do well in an exam will help you study better. Walking into a job interview with confidence will set a far better impression than if you walk in slouched and nervous.
Being confident enough to not take offense when my friends roast me for their own entertainment has taught me that there is much more to life than worrying about what others think of me. Too long have I been nervous and anxious about what that girl from school or that guy from work think of me.
Words truly cannot describe how happy it makes me to see my friends, the people I love, happy. If it takes pointing out my flaws or taking the micky out of me to put a smile on someone’s face who might otherwise not want to smile then that is a very small price I will ALWAYS be willing to pay.
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