|Photo of Mindy Kaling's new book from Amazon.|
Gretchen: What's something you know now about happiness that you didn't know when you were 18 years old?
Mindy: When I was 18 years old, I took a semester off from college and was an intern at Late Night With Conan O'Brien. It was the most glamorous job I ever had, and I idolized the writers there. I remember lying in bed every night telling myself that if I ever got a job as a comedy writer, I would be so happy and all my dreams would have come true. Six years later I got that job, working on The Office. I felt incredibly happy and grateful for a about a week, and then a whole new set of complaints set in. This would've shocked and disgusted my 18-year-old self. It's helpful to remember the younger version of me because it reminds me to feel grateful when I want to be snotty.
Thank you, Mindy and Gretchen, for helping to remind me to be grateful. I am grateful that I HAVE my ideal job that has me overwhelmed with things that need to be done.
Also, I love the title of that book. It reminds me of my paranoid internal monologues, which feature gems such as, "Why is everyone else having more fun than I am?" and "How come everyone else's lives/houses/jobs are cooler/better/more glamorous than mine?" This is why I've reduced facebook time to once in a blue moon, if that. Perspective and gratitude-- I've gotta work for it, but it feels good when I find 'em.
Happy Easter, from our home to yours!