Caroline Bender reminded me that we recently hit the 20th anniversary of the movie, Heathers.
This caught my attention for two reasons:
One, because it feels like only yesterday that I first watched the dark comedy which some consider a cult classic. Heathers is known for such memorable lines as, "If you were happy every day of your life, you wouldn't be a human being; you'd be a game show host." And you know... the line about the chainsaw.
The second reason falls under the header category, "random overshare." See, I actually auditioned for a part in this movie. Seriously. I worked with a real casting agent, got professional photos done and read from the script in front of a test camera.
It's true, I actually believed I had a shot at being on the big screen. I thought it could have been me asking Winona Ryder, "Did you have a brain tumor for breakfast?"
I coulda been a contendah.
Okay, so I never even had a shot. I'm at peace with that now. Life lesson learned. Hollywood was not on my path. Clearly.
The second life lesson from this experience didn't come until much more recently.
I was sitting in my office one morning. I had been out for a few days so I was being held hostage by a backlog of emails and other work.
Mid-morning someone came in and asked if I had been around the rest of the office at all yet. Her cheshire grin made me suspicious. I stepped outside my office aware that my "friend" was stifling the urge to explode into laughter before the joke was even told.
As I turned the corner of the hallway next to my office, I saw that one of my more embarrassing and very `80's photos had been converted into huge Flashdance posters. They were everywhere. Dozens of them. Posters of me in all my circa-Heathers, big-haired, windblown glory. On every cubicle, office, bathroom and mailroom wall.
Mortified does not even come close to describing how I felt as I raced around the office hunting and killing every last copy of that poster. I may as well have been on a game show, racing a clock and being paid cash for each poster I found and tore to shreds. I was red-faced and frantic.
Naturally, everyone else was hysterical with laughter as I eventually stalked back to my office.
Today's life lesson sponsored by the 20th anniversary of Heathers:
Don't take yourself too seriously.
The next time you find yourself getting your panties in a bunch... look in the mirror at your twisted face (or twisted knickers as the case may be) and crack a smile.
Laugh and the whole world laughs with you. Sometimes also at you. But that's okay too.