ORIGINALLY POSTED ON SEPT. 4TH 2014:
I’ve had this Joan Rivers post on my to-do list since last year and have kept putting it off and putting it off. I did not want to write it since she had been admitted into the hospital as I didn’t want to even consider the thought that she wouldn’t make it through. But, today, with a heavy heart, I’m taking the time to reflect on some of the things that made me admire Joan Rivers ever since I could remember. I was first introduced to Joan Rivers in the 90s when she appeared on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show and remember Joan saying something about, “I’d rather see a new face come out of an old car than an old face coming out of a new one.” And there, even though I was maybe around 7 years old, my lifelong friendship with Joan Rivers began. Ever since, Joan had always been someone I turned to when I needed a laugh or some light-hearted yet poignant advice. For years, her face — or faces 😉 — have graced inspiration boards + collages as a reminder of what a hard-working woman can achieve and that it’s never too late to succeed.
LAUGH IT OFF
Joan Rivers’ husband and father to her daughter, Edgar Rosenberg, had committed suicide. This was a very difficult time for both Joan and her daughter, Melissa. Part of Joan’s coping & grieving process was to include jokes about her late husband’s suicide in her stand-up routine. I learned through this, from very young, that if you want to create distance between yourself and a horribly painful event, find a way to laugh about it. Nothing that has happened to me in my life is off-limits. I joke and laugh about it all. My motto is: if you don’t laugh, you’ll cry.