Why I’m Part of Team Sheen (a.k.a. #tigerblood)

This is, sadly, not a picture of me and Charlie Sheen. But I am just as gnarly, I promise you.

I’m part of Team Charlie Sheen because I’m also tired of pretending that I’m not a total bitchin’ rock star from Mars. Oh, and I have tiger blood.

Ok, let me start over because I really do have a point here.

The other day, I tweeted that I was part of Team Sheen, and the responses were…mixed to say the least. Some people who I consider to be friends were a bit upset with me. I also got some “hell yeah!” tweets from followers. I noticed that after I tweeted that, I lost 5 - 10 followers (which may or may not be connected to the actual tweet, followers come and go all the time, especially bots). But undoubtedly, at least one person probably read that tweet and unfollowed because they disagree.

Interesting.

It’s probably good to lose those followers, because they likely aren’t going to like what I say in the coming years, both here on After Graduation and with my upcoming zombie blogger project. Let me make it clear that I don’t necessarily agree with Charlie Sheen on everything or want to emulate his lifestyle. But really, I fully, 100% support the movement that you should stop pretending to be something you aren’t and start living a life full of WIN.

A few points:

1) I don’t support illegal drug use, but I believe that at this point, Charlie Sheen is clean. I could buy it that he’s going through a manic episode, but just because you’re manic doesn’t mean you’re not right. You’re just more excitable and passionate about the things you believe. Also, not every manic “crashes” into a state of depression like the experts are saying he will. I know this from personal experience. Every person is different. Whether or not he’s manic or bi-polar is irrelevant to me. 

Take-Home Lesson: BE PASSIONATE! When you love something, you don’t have to go on talk shows and news programs to rant about it, but it is OK to be super passionate and go at something you believe full-force, even if other people don’t agree with it. It’s in the US Declaration of Independence: We all have the right to the pursuit of happiness.

2) He doesn’t sound crazy to me. I think that half of what he says is him trying to be funny, but people are so skiddish that they take it as “he’s crazy.” The man can’t seem to joke around about ANYTHING. I have a similar sense of humor, and I know those looks all too well - you’re just trying to be humorous and people think you’re being serious. I actually love listening to him give interviews because he has a way with words, almost lyrical. As a writer, I appreciate a clever phrase.

Take-Home Lesson: To quote the joker, “Why so serious?” Just because you’re doing important work doesn’t mean that you can’t do something with laughter in your heart. I’m an extremely responsible person who works hard, but I fully believe that we need to be light-hearted no matter what the situation. Life’s too short.

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