Sunday, November 25, 2007

My JoyFriend is Better Than Your Boyfriend


Okay, so if you've read this blog, you know I like to rock a different vocabulary and make up new words. My favorite new word is JoyFriend. This weekend - I hung out with a couple of JoyFriends and I can say, my weekend was better than your weekend (unless you had good sex and then maybe it's a tie.)

A JoyFriend is a person that is totally positive and upbeat - they're... well, Joyful. JoyFriends are the friend you can call last minute and they will go anywhere and do anything. Their answer to life is not, "Maybe, let me check"/"I don't know, I've never gone there before"/"Is that going to mess up my hair"? No, they say YES to everything, especially LIFE. More importantly, THEY ENCOURAGE YOU TO DO THE SAME.

Lately, my life has been anything but joyful. My Saturday nights consisted of alphabetizing my magazines in piles to be donated while drinking chardonnay out of an old 7-11 Big Gulp cup. Sometimes I toasted some pita chips, like I was having a party, put them on a fancy plate AND SHARED THEM WITH MY DOG. See, no joy. But lately, I have made a concerted effort to only hang out with the most POSITIVE, RAYS OF LIGHT, SUPER SHINY DISCO BALL types of friends. These types of women will drag you out on a Saturday night in your pajamas. THEY THROW CAUTION AND PITA CHIPS TO THE WIND. They do not take any of my bullshit excuses "But I have to work"/"I have nothing to wear and I smell like a Hobo"/"I have to get up early and... donate... my kidney."

AND THAT HAS MADE ALL THE DIFFERENCE.

How do you spot a JoyFriend? Well, they are upbeat, RAH-RAH, "You Can Do It" just short of you wanting to smack them. They have a zest for life - They always want to try new things. AND THEY KICK YOUR ASS. They are not going to let you dwell on some lame guy that wouldn't even pay for valet parking on a date, made you walk five blocks in heels only to make you split potato skins at the bar. THEY KNOW YOU ARE WORTH MORE THAN THAT. And they will root you on until you know it too.

The weird thing about hanging out with self-confident, emotionally healthy, super strong, vivacious ladies is pretty soon, you start to feel that way. 'Cause JoyFriends do not hang out with losers. So I raise my glass to my awesome JoyFriends. Yes, it's chardonnay but it's in a real fancy glassy glass and not a sad 7-11 plastic cup. See, I'm learning.
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4 comments:

Jess said...

You are incredibly lucky to have friends like that!!! My friends that are like this live 2000 miles away :( and the friends in this state always cancel on me ("Uh, I have to cancel. I am washing my car....in the RAIN!!!" and that's the kind of call I get 30 minutes AFTER I've sat at the table waiting for them to show up)

I'm so glad you had an awesome weekend though! :)

adventure grrl said...

Jess,
What???? Give me their emails and I will give them hell :) !!!!!

Jess said...

Haha...thanks adventure girl! I'm in the process of learning to let go of people like this. I used to work my butt off to keep in touch with "friends" that ended up hurting me, but I don't do that too much anymore...maybe that's why I actually have to work out now ;) I guess with all my new free time I can spend it working out.

Good luck with the WGA strike!Hopefully they'll work things out this week.

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