In my moments of awkward stammering and verbal fumbling, I sometimes wish that the writers of Louie (which I’m guessing is primarily Louis C.K.), the writers of Mad Men, and the writers of The Colbert Report could take over my vocal functions and pipe their brilliantly written dialog from my mouth.
Brilliant gem from Episode 4 of Louie Season 2 that I saw last night (though not uttered from the mouth of Louis C.K.).
Joan Fisher: It never gets better. We get better.
Being an adult. Unbelievably satisfying. Unbelievably tough. The self-reliance required to be a good, reliable, stand-up person is energy-draining. The self-discipline to avoid venting and complaining amidst all the little toe-stubs and nail-chips in life requires champion mental conditioning. The self-confidence required to stare Old Man Loneliness and Old Woman Insecurity in the face and say “I know you exist and will not hide from you” is harder to sustain than an abdominal plank.
Give a man those three things. Self-reliance, self-discipline, and self-confidence. And he will win many battles.