gratitude–a-thon day 619: amy, amy, amy

schumerAmy Schumer was not on my laugh-dar until a few months ago. Now I can’t seem to get enough of her. If you don’t know her, you should take the day off, or even quit your job if you have to, and binge-watch her totally hilarious show–Inside Amy Schumer. It’s a sketch show interlaced with interviews. She is both adorable, nasty, hysterical, and all rah-rah girl power. She is not beautiful, not thin, and not afraid to discuss it. She is feisty, funny, fearless and a fucking IN YOUR FACE FEMINIST.

Take a look at her Glamour Awards acceptance speech for a preview of her kind of humor. Tell me you’re not laughing.

gratitude–a-thon day 618: doing you

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It’s hard to always live your truth. To always do you. Sometimes who you feel you are, and who you really are, don’t match. People often walk around in full length masks, body armor, a false layer of protection . Often we don’t think people will love us unless we’re who they think we should be, or unless we’re the world’s version of normal.

Normal.

I’m thinking we should just get rid of that word. Just kick it right out of the dictionary. Eviction Notice: normal. Because, does anybody fit its deceptive definition? Is anybody really normal?

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I am surprised at how moved I was yesterday by seeing Caitlyn Jenner. And I think why it hit me that way is because having the courage to be who you are, whether that’s someone who believes in Christianity, equality, or  pizza, embodies the best of what we can be as human beings.  To be yourself, to live your life as who you truly are in the deepest part of your soul is a heroic act.  What I’m talking about is not ever being a false self, always living it authentically.

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What must it be like to change your identity in the middle of your life? It must take everything, or it must be a desire so strong, that you have no choice, no matter how difficult, or challenging. But it’s also a decision that takes a heaping helping of guts. I am wlldly inspired to see Bruce Jenner man up and be who he has always known he was.  He had every reason to stay hidden. I have to admit, that his being who he really is, makes me want to work harder at living up to my own ideals, at making sure i’m always acting with the kind of integrity I feel in my heart. I am impressed by anyone who is introspective enough to live their life aligned with their beliefs, and not someone else’s. It’s not always easy to be yourself, your real self. Thanks to Caitlyn for reminding all of us that the person inside of us should always be front and center, and that when you honor who you really are, it allows all of us to be who we really are.

Check out the article that Laverne Cox wrote on her Tumblr.