Thursday, November 8, 2007

Oh the complexities of Avenue Q

If you're familiar with Avenue Q, this button might make you laugh. If you're not familiar with Avenue Q, it might still make you laugh. I bought it and stuck it on my bag because
a) I know Avenue Q, and it makes me laugh,
b) I feel like this a good chunk of the time, and having the button makes me laugh,
c) I wanted to buy something at Avenue Q and it was all I could afford, and
d) the proceeds were going to charity, and the more you give, the more you get.
But, clearly I didn't give my purchase enough thought, because having this on my bag says all sorts of interesting things. One of them might be "I'm a spoiled little brat." Which, I am, at least compared to 90% of the world's population. Understandably, this was probably what the University worker who told me that I had the wrong button on was thinking, when she told me that her life sucked more than mine. Delicious irony: that's what the song's all about, people happily competing to get the title of whose life sucks most. (It's Gary Coleman in the show.)

The lady probably had a point. Of course, there's a whole bunch of people on the planet whose lives suck more than hers... But, it set me thinking about it for the rest of the day.

So here's an invitation: Does your life suck? Is it petty to say that our lives suck, or are we entitled to self pity just as much as the next guy? Feel free to rant and rave, wax philosophical, or tell us how your life couldn't be better. Meanwhile, I have an original cast recording to listen to.


Lillian Zhou said...

Everyone's entitled to their self-pity, but as much as I try to tell myself that, I really can't pretend that anything bad has happened to me, ever! It's really distressing when you just want to sit down and feel sorry for yourself but can't, because you know you have nothing to feel sorry for yourself about. D: I'm happily feeling quite sorry for myself right now, actually, and isn't that ironic?

Martha Vega said...

That is astoundingly hilarious. I'm sure that there's something bad that's happened to you... Of course it's better not to prod if you have the chance of being an optimist. In any case, 99% of the time, self pity is rather petty.