The Complete Idiot's* Guide to Being My Friend
Don't take yourself too seriously. (*Here's a quick litmus test: if you are offended by my use of the word "idiot," you are probably taking yourself too seriously.) Don't take life too seriously. I don't mean that in a let's-all-live-in-our-mama's-basement-and-smoke-pot kind of way. No. Get a job. Work hard. Be good to others. Be good to yourself. But recognize that whatever "it" is that is getting you down at the moment, "it" is probably not that important. You are probably not that important. You are almost certainly not as important as you think you are. So, make fun of yourself. Don't get angry at things that are ridiculous. Laugh at things that are ridiculous. (Blog about things that are ridiculous.) Life is long, and then short, then long again, and then at the end, very, very short. What if it turns out that life is meaningless? What if the point of life is to create your own meaning? What if, at the end of it all, your carefully constructed meaning then dissolves away like sand castles into the ocean? Well then, isn't that the ultimate joke? So laugh. Laugh! And find people who are in on the joke.
I started out writing this thinking that when I said you it didn't mean me, but now I am not so sure. Sometimes I wonder, if I weren't me, would I hang out with me?
But no, really, I can't stand it when people take themselves too seriously. Wait, what the...? Gah, plank, get out of my eye!!!!