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Day 236: f*ing friday :: funny, funny

24 Aug

Today continues the weekly series, F*ing Fridays, which will coincidentally occur on Friday. In Year One, I mentioned some of my favorite F words back on Day 5, including: Fearless, Fabulous, Fine, Fun, Faith, Freedom, Forgiveness, to name a Few.

Last week I dove into the words Fire works.

Today’s F*ing Friday is dedicated to the words:
Funny, Funny.

As in, funny, funny, ha, ha.

That’s what we said in high school.

It was some sort of girl code speak between my basketball teammates, you know, when a joke was meant to be funny.  It started with, “Wait. You’re gonna laugh. This is funny, funny, ha, ha.”

And, I have no idea where that came from, who said it first or who made it up.  Did we quote it from a movie?  Did we dream it up at a slumber party?  Did we repeat one of our older sisters?

Who knows?

But, on this F*ing Friday, it was the first phrase that popped into my head after watching this car dance video by Harvard’s baseball team (thanks Karen for sharing).

It also made me remember those road trips, hours spent on the road for basketball games in high school and college — and all the lip-synching and singing that went along with it.  It is just WHAT happens when you pack a van or load a bus full of 18-year old athletes.

Versions of this video have made their way around the web and back again, in parodies and spin offs and other fun such stuff. It makes me think, who needs to make music videos these days?  Certainly not Carly Rae Jepson, she has a whole team out there working for her.

You’ve got the Lock Haven Women’s Lacrosse version, the Miami Dolphins Cheerleaders version, the SMU and Harvard remix with both hands and feet.  Even Justin Bieber and Katy Perry got in on the action.  And, the one by that guy too.

But, my favorite, may just be the 8-year old girl response:

You’ll laugh. You might cry.
But, somehow, they are all funny, funny, ha, ha.

I promise.

In a way, to me, it just seems like more proof that we are all connected — even through a fun, simple, summer song.

And, just in case you haven’t seen enough of it yet, here’s the original:

Happy F*ing Friday.
May fun find you.


Day 44: baby you’re a firework

13 Feb

Well, this is embarrassing.
Last night, in the middle of watching Russell Brand’s opening monologue on SNL, the energetic comedian mentioned he was married to Katy Perry.

“Really? Which singer is she?”
I asked Justin, further proving my age is closer to 40 than 20.

He replied, “You know, she sings the fireworks song.”

I accessed the filing cabinet in my head for pop songs on the radio and came up blank.  “Um …no. I don’t know that song”

He sang a few lines back to me in perfect pitch.
I started laughing. Hysterically, laughing. Almost falling off the couch laughing.

“OH! That song!”
I knew the song. I just didn’t know the lyrics.

Turns out, I had been belting out the song, while driving in my car, as: “Baby, you’re a part of me!” instead of “Baby, you’re a firework!”

Yeah, I know. It makes no sense.
Now, I know the real words to the song and it totally changed the meaning for me. Better song now, I must admit.

The hardest part was divulging the wrong words I had been singing all along. It took me a while to say out loud, because:
1) I was embarrassed.
2) I won’t live it down. (The next time Justin and I hop in the car, is sure to be the exact moment this song will play on the radio.)

It makes me think back to the IIN Conference I attended last weekend. Dr. John Douillard shared his recipe for success. One of the most important points he made was this:

Don’t Care.
“The biggest problem we have is being concerned about what others think.” he said.

He went on to share:
* there is no way you can make everyone happy
* it’s not about you – it’s your job to give your full self
* give a deeper, more vulnerable self to those around you
* how much of you are you willing to let out on this planet while you are here
* don’t second guess your power when you let it out

I can relate:
As I was driving down the street holding a solo concert in my car at the top of my lungs, singing the wrong lyrics to that song, I was in the moment. I was bouncing away to the beat. It was lovely, I was giving fully, possibly off key, but didn’t care.

The challenge, I suppose, is applying a “no care” philosophy to more than just singing outside of the shower and outside of the car. Living out loud in every way possible, even if the lyrics aren’t quite right, is the challenge. But one I know is worth taking.

As John Douillard says:

“Do it without thinking — and without caring.”

And, as Katy Perry sings (for real):

Baby, you’re a firework
Come on, let your colors burst

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