As a child of the 80s there were three things that stuck me well beyond the decade. One, never climb into an abandoned refrigerator; two, true friendship is not friendship unless you’ve got matching boondoggles; and, three, I love Bill Cosby. Like, I pretty much have considered him a second dad in my life.
I loved his wisdom, charm, fudge pops, life lessons, dad sweaters and trademark laugh. In all reality he was kind of a black version of my grandpa in almost every way. No joke. Heck, if he couldn’t be my second dad, I would have taken him as a surrogate grandpa. Heaven knows I needed the extra guidance.
So when I heard that Bill Cosby was going to be doing a show here in Davis County (IT’S TONIGHT!) I had jump onto the opportunity. So, my brother and I bought tickets for us and our Dad for Fathers Day. It’s only fitting that Free and I take our Dad since it’s pretty his fault that both of appreciate Bill Cosby and his humor still to this day. He introduced us to Cosby when we were really young and, in my opinion, shows how timeless and funny his humor really is.
That’s why I have a complete iTunes playlist devoted to Bill Cosby. That’s why I still find myself watching the Cosby Show on sick days. And, that’s why I have an extreme disdain for senseless and degrading humor. Cosby has taught me there is always humor in life, and in that humor are many lessons to learn.
But, now I get to see him LIVE tonight with my Dad and brother. I am beyond excited. Or as the cool kids say these days … I’m #totesexcited!
Besides being a great comedian, Bill Cosby is a man of great wisdom. In fact I really respect his wisdom of nuggets and tendency to not be afraid to say what he feels is right. Especially when it comes to the current affairs in the African American community.
In fact here are a few of my favorite Bill Cosby quotes. Some of them I have taken to heart and they have helped me through my journey. But, really anyone can learn a thing or two from Mr. Cosby …
In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.
This was probably one of the first quotes of Bill Cosby’s that I remember thinking, “oh that’s really, really inspirational, I should write that down.” This was a mentality I had to adopt earlier in my weight-loss journey. I knew that I needed to have a concrete desire for success in order to succeed. But, not only a desire greater than the fear of failure, but I also had to accept that failure was real and okay to experience. This quote was definitely a game changer.
The past is a ghost, the future a dream and all we ever have is now.
I’m kind of surprised that Instagram hasn’t exploded with picture text grams with this quote on it? You maybe a picture of a nice setting sun (Instagram loves that kind of stuff) or possibly some waves with jumping dolphins in the distance. You know something nice like that.
But, seriously, I think this quote is fairly simple in understanding, but it’s one that needs to be said often to remind you.
Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.
If there is one thing in my life that has helped me through life more than anything it’s humor. I learned to look at life through humor’s eyes when I was a kid. This was a lesson I learned from my grandmothers and mother. My Grandma Hansen always finds humor in the every day things of life. She is quick to laugh and quick to tell a joke. Her sense of sarcasm is legendary. My Grandma Pederson found humor and joy in the very simple things in life. As a kid I remember playing with her loose skin under her arms and she found so much joy from those little moments. She couldn’t get mad so she would just laugh.
And, then my mother is the greatest example. Ever since she was diagnosed with breast cancer I don’t think I’ve ever laughed as much as I have with my mother in my life. As a family we have never made as many boob jokes then when she was dealing surgeries, chemo and radiation. Not only were we quick to make jokes to lighten the mood, but often she was the first one to crack them. If you know my mother this was VERY out of character for her, but the humor was not. This was how she faced the ugly thing we call cancer. And, it really did help soften the edge of fears, doubts and uncertainties.
Humor is an essential part of life.
I guess the real reason that my wife and I had children is the same reason that Napoleon had for invading Russia: it seemed like a good idea at the time.
I’m not a parent yet. But, I’ll just say I’ve done many things in my life that “seemed like a good idea at the time” … probably too many.
People can be more forgiving than you can imagine. But you have to forgive yourself. Let go of what’s bitter and move on.
This is something I have had the hardest time overcoming in my life. No, not forgiving other people. In fact, I am fairly quick to forgiving people. But, forgiving myself. Ever since I was a young kid I was VERY hard on myself and any mistakes that I made in life I had a hard time moving on from, because I couldn’t forgive myself. I learned it was a vicious cycle that essentially put me on a mouse wheel going 80MPH.
But, I learned throughout my journey that I needed to forgive myself of the past. It was the past. I was never going to change it. But, I also couldn’t let the past affect my present and future by continually letting it back into my life. I had to use a few of my todays to work on letting go of the past. But, after a lot of soul searching and praying I was able to let it go. I jumped off that mouse wheel and allowed myself to get on the path I always wanted to take in my life.
Over the past few years I’ve really tried to just move on and use my energy of today on the creation of the future. I respect the past, but I don’t let that control me anymore. I just move on in the direction of my dreams and goals.
Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
This ties in with the quote above. Failure doesn’t mean you are a failure unless you give up. But, more important than that you’ve got to get back up and be smarter. You’ve got to tackle the task in another direction. You’ve got be smart about your approach, analysis and light. Otherwise you are more than likely to become a fool if you have learned nothing and continue to wallow in failure. That’s where progress kind of goes to die.
Now, there are a bunch of other Cosby quotes I could share, but I will stop there. These are great little lessons we can all learn from Bill Cosby. I’m excited to hear what he has to say tonight. I am sure that behind all of the jokes he’ll have a great lesson that can we all learn from. My excitement runneth over!!!
Zip zop zippity bop!!!