I have a confession to make. I think I may be an asshole…well, maybe just a bit of an asshole. Why? Because I am addicted to a website called Failblog.org. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s a site filled with pictures and videos of people having a very bad day — slipping and falling, crashing into things, lighting themselves on fire, and getting hit in the crotch, etc. — and all for the viewers enjoyment. And I do so enjoy it. It’s hilarious! I laugh my ass off every time I watch one of the videos.
But as much as I like the site, there’s a small part of me that is ashamed (well, only a little ashamed). How is it that we can find so much humor in another person’s suffering? To be fair, on Failblog a lot of the suffering is due to someone’s stupidity but still…
Take the “Am I An Asshole” test. Watch this compilation video from YouTube highlighting the “best” fails of 2010. Did you laugh?
I’m sitting in front of my laptop trying to figure out what to say. Do I have opinions? Of course, anyone who’s met me can tell you that. Do I have stories? Well, there’s the one about the night I spent in the Bahamas dodging the police while getting stoned in the back of a taxi with a stripper from New Jersey and almost blowing up a gas station…But that’s for another day.
The plain truth is that I’m not very good at sharing. I’ve never had a diary or a journal because I could never open up enough to share anything meaningful — even with myself. But life is all about adapting and making changes, so I’m making a change. I’m starting this blog and making a personal pledge to share something every day.
I’m hoping that maintaining this blog helps me look at life and the world with a little more interest. That I will take the things I see or hear every day — be they funny, sad or whatever — add a dash of opinion, maybe a splash of humor and write a few lines about them…Maybe it will teach me to be more open and I’ll get better at sharing my thoughts and opinions.
If all goes well, maybe one day I’ll be able to share my stripper story… One day, but not today…