Stupid Me
Topics: Humor

Regan "I'm just trying to go through life without looking stupid."

Thus begins one of comedian Brian Regan's routines. Despite laughing pretty much nonstop throughout the ensuing 60 minutes of observational humor, I find myself returning to that first line.

. . . "I'm just trying to go through life without looking stupid."

I can't get over how accurately that describes my approach toward life sometimes--especially after starting a new phase I'm unfamiliar with.

Like my internship with BreakPoint, for example . . . Sure, the people are great; and no, there's nothing terribly complicated that I'm required to do. But it's the everyday things--working the coffee machine, navigating through the building, meeting well-known individuals--that cause me to lock up and start focusing on whether or not I'm "looking stupid."

Sometimes it can't be helped, but it's a shame how often I'm preoccupied by such thoughts. It would be nice if--like Regan--I could see the humor in awkward moments, instead of sweating them out.



Devin, permission granted to laugh riotously when I trip down the hallway. Signed, One half of your supervisor team
Devin, it's gotta be better to worry about looking stupid and have it not be so, than to NOT worry and have it BE so. One time an office where I worked hired an admin whose only competency was on a particular transcripting machine. (It appeared she did 3,000 words-per-minute; it was amazing.) But she couldn't take messages, answer the phone, find anything, file anything, or even make coffee. (She burned it! All I can figure is that she plugged it in with no water in it, then went to find water and added it, causing the water to lift the old, now hot shards of dried coffee off the bottom. This was in a huge urn, not a "Mr. Coffee" like most places use nowadays.) And she was blissfully unaware of her incompetence. Besides, part of the function of an internship is to remove all those feelings of inadequacy, so you're prepared to sail confidently into making really big blunders later on. :-)

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