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In which i discuss a friending meme


The other day I was doing a friending meme on my Live Journal account.  That’s right folks, I have an LJ account too but you won’t find it because it’s not under All Fooked Up.  At any rate, for those of you who aren’t in the know, a friending meme is when one of your friends puts something up and asks you to do it too.  Get it?  Good.  So, this friending meme asked to write 25 random things about you and put it up so everyone in the community of friends can read it. Are you following me so far? Hope so.
 
So I put up my friending meme full of all sorts of interesting facts about me and this put me in a pretty good mood.  Now this also happened to be the same day that I put up the falling into depression post, so being in a good mood was most excellent.  I sent the meme off to my husband (I love to send him shit at work. Overwhelming an incredibly busy person is a blood sport of sorts) and my editor.  That’s right people, I said EDITOR.  Lynn MacDonald has an editor.  If you saw me massacre the English language you would know that somebody has to clean this shit up.  My editor also happens to be the same person who encouraged me to do this stuff in the first place and is now stuck with me in this rabbit hole.  Ok, where was I? Oh yeah. I send the stuff off and I was in a GREAT mood and I started adding to the list …. and adding some more… until pretty soon, the 25 things about me turned into about 46.  My husband Kevin (who’s apparently not QUITE as busy as he pretends to be) starts emailing me, “You should add this thing and you should add that thing and oh yeah, what about this?”
 
Remember, I was in a great mood, so I started thinking that hey!  Maybe I hadn’t lost my FUNNY after all!  I was pretty psyched about the list and I said to my editor, “maybe this should be my about me on the new website?”  “NO” comes the reply. “WHY NOT?” I whine which is no small task over an email.  She said I had so many things on the list that I’ve never written about that I have to make a different about me section and she’ll add all the things to the master list of “Stories Lynn has to tell.”  Yes, I also have master list. Huge sigh.  THAT is how this whole thing started!  I have a million stories to tell.  Why?  Shit just happens to me.  I meet people all over the place and have incredibly funny conversations and experiences.  What, you don’t think they’re funny? Fuck you.
 
Anyway, back to the list.  Again, I’m in a great mood and decide to send it to my girls (why do I do this to myself?) who are 19 and 21 and away at college.  One of them calls and says:
 
Kid:            “MOM! You are NOT going to put up that list, are you?”  
 
Me:            “No Kid, I’m not, why?”
 
Kid:            “You just can’t put up things like ‘I did a lot of drugs and then I stopped…just because I wanted to’”
 
Me:            “I’m not putting it up but why can’t I?  It’s my damn blog!”
 
Kid:            “Mom, don’t you ever get embarrassed about saying this stuff out in public?”
 
Actually, I really don’t.  I don’t get embarrassed.  My kids get more embarrassed about me than I do.  I’m an open book.  I was a kid, not necessarily a good one but I ended up with an INCREDIBLE relationship with my parents at the end.  I did drugs.  I enjoyed them. I stopped.  I don’t regret that.  I had bulimia.  That sucked.  I will talk about it eventually.  I stopped that too. I grew up feeling guilty about my looks because I had a disfigured brother.  It affected me.  I will talk about that eventually too.  My son was Autistic … and then he wasn’t.  Then he had Pervasive Developmental Delay… and now he’s good.  Are these stories I want to tell?  Hell yes.  Will I tell them? Yup.   My best friend was my ex sister-in-law.  Now she’s neither my best friend nor my sister in law.   I miss her. That sucks and I’m going to talk about it.   I’m bipolar.  I have already talked about that and I will keep on talking about it.
 
ALL THIS STUFF IS WHO I AM.  The one thing I have learned in 51 years is to embrace myself, warts and all.  You don’t like me?  FINE.  That’s your prerogative.  The only person who needs to like me is me.  Of course, the fact that my husband likes me is pretty sweet as well.   People seem to like hearing about other people’s woes.  It makes that person relatable.  It makes people feel like its ok to have problems, difficulties and other things.  So, I’ll just keep writing and you can keep reading …or not… but one thing I have to say is I’M GONNA BE ME!

 

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16 Comments

  1. Karla Telega
    December 22, 2010

    It takes courage to put yourself out there every day. I’m getting better at it over the years. Maybe you just get to an age where it’s too much bother to keep secrets, or try to look good on the outside.

    • Lynn
      December 22, 2010

      Well…i’ve always been an open person and the only people i needed to protect were my kids and they know all this stuff now. So, i’m always about exposing my weaknesses to people…it makes them feel better if you admit you’re flawed too!

  2. Kathy
    December 22, 2010

    I so admire your approach to life. It’s not for the faint of heart, that’s for sure. That said, I think it’s true that “If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.” (Mark Twain)

    • Lynn
      December 22, 2010

      Well…since I have no memory, I suppose it’s good that I don’t lie. I just try to teach my kids that nobody is perfect, just be the best you can. I guess we will have to see how that approach works out.

  3. Theresa Sonoda
    December 22, 2010

    AMEN sistah. I hear you and I concur.

    • Lynn
      December 22, 2010

      Thanks…i really appreciate it

  4. Sharon Heg
    December 22, 2010

    First time reader (actually, that’s not true…the first one I read was about the circumcision because really, if you had a choice of reading a title about a friending meme vs. circumcision, which would YOU pick? Exactly). Wow, you’re awesome. At 44, I’m in the exact same place…I like me. A lot. And if others don’t, oh well, tough titties on them – they’re the ones missing out, not me. Oh, and my memory sucks, too ;-). Anyway, I bookmarked you and, in the words of Ahnold, “I’ll be back.”

    • Lynn
      December 22, 2010

      Yeahhhh! Thanks. Looking forward to getting to know you!

  5. Reshma
    December 22, 2010

    This is the reason I enjoy reading your entries, the very few that I have read. No one wants to read about someone who is perfect because none of us are. It takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there and kinda let people judge you. BUT I adore your attitude because you let it roll off you, kinda like that song, It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to”

    In conclusion, YOU GO GIRL!!!

    • Lynn
      December 22, 2010

      Hahaha…I don’t know if it’s courage as much as an I don’t give a shit attitude..of course, as you get older you tend to get more acceptant of yourself anyways. I don’t really think about the judging aspect…hmmm…I’ve always had people who didn’t like me…I’m kinda used to that.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

  6. Katie
    December 27, 2010

    I love the last paragraph, Lynn. Way to go! Whether you know it or not, you’re inspiring other ladies too. Thank you for this uplifting (and funny!!!) post! I love your stories!

    • Lynn
      December 27, 2010

      Thanks so, so much for that comment. It makes me feel good when people read what I have to say. I really appreciate it!!

  7. Abby
    December 28, 2010

    So you’re the first blogger that literally made me laugh aloud. “Don’t think they’re funny? Fuck you.” Classic!

    I’m bipolar, too. I too, had eating issues. Will I talk about them? Now that I see how brave you are in talking about your stuff, I will, too.

    • Lynn
      December 28, 2010

      Hey thanks!!! Yeah, I’m way past the apologizing for myself stage. I will say, however, that with openness comes a raft of shit so BEWARE!!!! Hope to see you around again!!!!

  8. Lynn Kimble
    January 20, 2011

    Great Post Lynn!!!

    • Lynn
      January 21, 2011

      Thanks so much!

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