Hi, it’s me, Marissa. Sure, I probably could have put this in an email to you but this isn’t just a personal thank you. This is a thank you on behalf of the world. I realize that this is a very presumptuous thing for me to do– taking on the responsibility of the whole world and all– but I truly feel like it’s my duty, albeit a bold one.
Thank you for all your hard work. You’re a quintuple (and counting) threat with all the writing, acting, executive producing, directing and soon-to-be best selling authoring on your resume. Every year you’re like, “BAM! Oh, what? There goes another mold broken. Oh, that ground? Yeah, broke that too.” If it wasn’t for the fact you are incredibly modest you’d probably also be writing the siiickest raps about it. You are living proof that we can do it all, or at least do everything we set our minds to.
Of course, we love The Office (who doesn’t love just thinking about Michael Scott and his George Foreman grill), but right now, thank you for writing Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? is exactly what we needed to read. We need to hear that we weren’t the only kids that were made fun of or the only kids who weren’t good at sports. It’s nice to know that high school isn’t the end-all-be-all and that being successful beyond that peer pressure cesspool is what counts. It’s just as important for someone we look up to tell us to date mature people who treat us with respect as it is for someone we look up to tell us that they bombed job interviews. At the end of the day, we all want to feel less alone. Although the title of your book says otherwise, while reading it we feel like we’re hanging out with you and having the best time ever.
Thank you for being a sparkly adult. Despite your maturity and wisdom, you haven’t lost a single spark of youthful joy. You make jokes about Sanjay Gupta and then turn around and write blogs about bashfully loving the color pink and the importance of a manicure’s glitter density. Thank you for being sagacious and still being fun.
On that note, thank you for being smart. Seriously. Thank you. In a world full of “real” housewives who can’t even name the vice president, it’s nice to have someone in the spotlight who knows what the hell they’re talking about. (A personal note: Mindy has a library to die for and as far as I am concerned, has read every book that has ever been written.)
One of the best things about you is that you don’t hide that you’re a normal woman. We love that you’re not a part of the 2% of women who are 5’10″ and barely a hundred pounds, because truth be told, we aren’t either. With the constant barrage advertisements, movies and TV shows pushing photoshopped toothpicks at us as the epitome of beauty, it’s nice to see someone so beautiful and talented that isn’t a coat hanger. You make “normal” phenomenal.
It takes so much to do what you do. Television is demanding, but writing a book as honest and real as yours is very courageous. You are such a brave person. You have put yourself out into the world in a way most people could never. You have shared so much of your story and yourself with us and in loving your story and loving you, we have learned to love our own story and love ourselves.
Mindy, thank you for being you and helping us be us too.