THIS IS NOT AN INSPIRATIONAL POST

Okay, maybe it is. This is, however, my “publication,” and I am allowed to do whatever I want. Yes. Even use reverse psychology on people who are particularly subversive to anything and everything inspiring. (But why?! I forgive you… jerk.)

It’s the day after Labor Day Weekend, and according to my unverified Twitter poll, the second most hated day of the week: Tuesday. After a three day extravaganza of parties, booze and overabundance of barbecue, I’m sure you need some physical and mental recuperation.

Let’s take care of the physical. Here’s a P90x work out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIyjnyHj1mk. And for the mental?

Over the weekend, I was fortunate enough to see most of my best friends. They gave me a reason to drink on Friday, Saturday and, of course, Sunday. But our drunken socializing was not in vain. We caught up on each other’s lives. We vented. Laughed (at each other). Danced. Sang. Insert semi-appropriate, past-tense verb here.

In the back of my head, as I drank a beer or (barely) downed a shot, I thought, “Wow. I think we’re adults now… Eh.” Then I’d chase my liquor with whatever was in my other hand. But now that I’m sober and almost coherent, it’s time to filter the intoxicated gunk out of my personal insights.

Majority of my friends are in their twenty somethings. and they come from all walks of life, no matter how “Cumbaya” or “Sesame Street” that sounds. I’ve been blessed to meet folks with different ambitions, whether that be nursing school, their own clothing brands, doctors, lawyers, WHATEVER. Seriously, I could build a tiny village and employ all of you as one thing or another.

Seeing you over the weekend made me realize that we are all growing up. I’ve known a handful of you since high school, some of you from college, and others from my amazingly glamorous post-grad life (sarcastic Abet voice). And I’d officially like to give you an internet pat-on-the-back. Not good enough? How about this adorable gif of Boo the dog: http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lyy65b4l4d1qcda3zo3_250.gif. And for non-dog lovers, this random gif of Luol Deng dunking on LeBron James: http://gif.mocksession.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/DENGDENGDENG.gif. (#GoBulls.)

Because you deserve all of it and more. Even for the people who I didn’t get a chance to see over the weekend, I see you promoting on Twitter. I see your really sad posts about having to study for grad school. That sucks. But it will be worth it one day, no doubt. You deserve the pat-on-the-back and random gifs as well.

I don’t want to make this post too cheesy but to realize my friends’ and colleagues’ accomplishments during, none other than, Labor Day Weekend? It writes itself. And I swear it wasn’t on purpose. I think…

With my own struggles as an artist, writer, and whatever the heck I’m destined to do, it’s great to see people grow and flourish around me. To see them overcome obstacles, and frankly, just not give a f*ck sometimes. And even if you’re not “there” yet, I’ve always believed that success comes in different forms. Just because things haven’t happened the way you wanted, doesn’t mean “it” won’t happen at all.

So here’s where I state once again that this is NOT AN INSPIRATIONAL POST… for you. But maybe for myself. Because you’ve all inspired me to keep doing what I love, and to definitely not settle for what I already have. So there, I’ve made YOU the “annoying inspirational one.” The tables have turned my friends. The tables have turned… (now go work out with Tony Horton.)

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