When picking friends it is important to pick ones that will compliment your lifestyle and add to your overall sense of happiness and well being. For example, you may find yourself gravitating towards those people who share some of the same loves as you. Or you may find friends who have the same sense of adventure you do. Or perhaps, like me, you may find yourself drawn to people who are just as good at making fools of themselves as you are. If you are in the habit of making a fool of yourself (like me), it is my advice to you to have at least one good friend who shares this same habit. Take the following story as an important lesson as to why it is so important:
Friday morning I woke up tired and groggy (which is very unusual for me. Normally I wake up ready to start the day with a smile on my face and....okay, not true, groggy is my normal state of being before 11am). I rolled out of bed and headed downstairs to make the kids' lunches for school. I got about halfway down the 15 steps and my foot hit the edge of the stair wrong. I went sliding down the rest of the stairs on my back, uselessly grasping for a hold on anything to stop myself. (This post could've very well been advice on the importance of using handrails, but I thought that would've been entirely too helpful.)
"Uh, are you okay, mom?" my daughter asked when the noise of my descent stopped and a small wimpering moan (coming from me) filled the air.
"Yeah, I'm okay."
As soon as she heard that I was fine, she laughed (which I deserved, I always laugh when my children receive minor injuries). Then she retold the story to her sisters and dad when he got home. It was a morning full of laughing at mom. Ha, ha, so funny.
Well, I was feeling pretty stupid and clumsy and foolish. That was, until I talked to my friend, Jenn, later that morning and she told me a story that made me feel infinitely better about myself. Jenn's experience at the gym. Go and read it. It's so funny. So, now you see how important it is to make friends who are equally as accident/foolish prone as you are. Find your weakness and find a friend to match it. :) You will feel so much better about yourself.
I'm just teasing you, Jenn. You know I love you. You are full of awesomeness. Thanks for making me laugh all weekend.