Thursday, June 9, 2011

Insert Inspirational Title Here

Greetings from Humor & Spice!!!

For the past few years, I've been reading autobiographies, more specifically, celebrity autobiographies. Most of them have the same format: how to come from humble beginnings and achieve success. Some of them are full of funny stories and behind the scenes dish. Some focus on some philosophy the celeb has decided to endorse. But they all have one thing in common. That inspirational, come-listen-to-my-story, if-it-happened-for-me-it-can-happen-for-you title.

Believe me, some of these books are laughable, and some are actually worth reading. But I can't help but imagine if we all sat down to write our own autobiographies and get them out there for the world to see (aren't we already doing that in some sense with blogs, facebook, and twitter?). I think we'd help each other out, actually. All of us are on different paths, and we all got here in a unique fashion. So what's stopping us from telling our own stories and imparting the wisdom we've acquired?

Mine would go something like this:

Happy childhood with dreams of being the next Paula Adbul
Doing absolutely nothing to actually achieve a singing career - unless you count singing in the shower
Becoming obsessed with comedy and all things comedy related, including Saturday Night Live
Getting through high school and graduating thinking I was on my way to becoming a teacher
Not becoming a teacher after all
Working, working, and working some more
Writing this blog

Ha! That was easy! Look out New York Times Bestsellers List!

I'm joking of course, but I would have some valuable advice for my readers. Such as:

1. Don't give the young person in your office a hard time. They're probably doing their best. Be patient and professional with them. They're not trying to overthrow your workplace with their young'en/whippersnapper ideas.

2. Make sure you thank everyone who has ever done anything for you. A thank you goes a long way. Gratitude is something you'll always need, and if you don't have it, chances are you'll be miserable.

3. Try not to criticize people. We're all just doing the best we can. If you have constructive criticism that might actually help the person, go ahead and give it to them, but make sure you're gentle and sincere in your delivery.

4. Four way stops are not that difficult to comprehend. If you're there first, you go first. If not, you wait. If you get there the same time as someone else, the person on the right has the right of way. See? Easy!

5. Express yourself. Don't be afraid to sing, paint a picture, start a blog, or write in a journal. The more you express yourself, the more you get to know yourself. And you're awesome! Who wouldn't want to get to know you?!

Wow! I feel so accomplished! What would YOUR autobiography look like?

Tweet me @humorandspice and let me know!