I have to say, I think the Fail Blog is one of the neatest things to come out of the whole caption a picture craze, because, seriously, what's better at helping us laugh at ourselves?
I don't know about you guys, but growing up in the 80's the culture was all about perfection and money and NEVER admitting failure. I mean, come on... you were there, you know what I'm talking about. (Unless you don't and I don't think I have any readers that young). Growing up like that made me (and most other women my age too) have such freaking issues with our bodies and everything else. It took me years to stop trying to reach perfection and instead realize that what I ACTUALLY WANTED was to just be myself.
And being yourself sometimes includes failing in your own eyes or in the eyes of other people. But the great thing about approaching life as if failure is just going to happen - like I feel the FAIL meme does quite well - is that it helps you to learn from your "failures" instead of just trying to pretend they never happened. I certainly did that for a while, which was very stupid in hindsight.
Some of the biggest failures in my life have brought me amazing happiness, albiet indirectly. The biggest example of course being that my marriage failed, but now I am in the most supportive and beautiful relationship of my life because of it. And that was not an easy failure to handle, folks. My point is, I think society as a whole is moving towards being less ridiculously insane about life in general, which I think is a good thing to remember as these McCain/Palin whack jobs try to pull us back to the dark ages where torches and pitchforks seemed like great ways of dealing with perceived problems.
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Anti-"Sex in the City" Meme
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