Funny girls, let me start by saying you are awesome.
You tell the best jokes -- the kind that have the capability to split sides and make eyes water. You do the best impressions and carry wild, exaggerated facial expressions as a secret weapon.
You are bold and steadfast in satire. You constantly redefine what it means to be funny through sharp wit and a dry sense of humor.
It's also probably safe to say you grew up watching comedy like it was your religion.
While most kids were watching the newest action flick or animated movie, you were watching anything even remotely funny you could get your hands on.
You memorized the best lines and took the characters and their stories to heart. You looked up to those people; they were your superheroes.
Maybe this made fitting in with your peers a challenge sometimes, but your little introverted heart couldn't care less. All you needed was your best friend and some hilarious sketch ideas.
As someone who very much identifies with the above, I've decided to share a bit of wisdom I've gathered throughout my years.
And, sure, I still get carded every time I order a vodka soda, but I've still picked up a few lessons along the way.
1. There's no point in being anything other than who you truly are.
People are going to test you on that.
There will be times when you stand out (it's not your fault you're hilarious) and you will be told you “aren't like other girls.” Some of these people mean it as a compliment and others... maybe not so much.
Do everything in your power to ignore hate; these people definitely don't have the greatest track record when it comes to having a sense of humor.
Girls like you may not always fit in with the other girls, and that's OK.
It's not that you don't like them, it's just that your list of shared interests is short. Never go out of your way to gain acceptance; be who you are.
2. Laughter is and always will be the best medicine.
You have the capability to mend broken pieces and lift spirits. People are able to uncover strength they didn't even know they had because you helped push them in the right direction. That, in itself, is one of the greatest super powers in the world.
Making people laugh is an amazing feeling and finding a way to do so even when you feel like it's impossible is important. There is always going to be a person out there who needs a laugh more than you do.
3. Humor is rooted in intelligence.
Half of the time you're funny without even trying to be.
Sometimes this makes it difficult for people to decide to take you seriously or not, but that's only because sarcasm usually manages to find its way into your vocabulary.
What many people don't know is that you're also really freaking smart. Intelligent women can be intimidating, but you need to find a way to use it to your advantage.
4. Girls are funny. Very, very funny.
Push against all stereotypes with a vengeance.
Ironically, the people who perpetuate the stereotypes think "Larry The Cable Guy" is a genius and/or are often not smart enough to grasp the jokes you might say in response.
5. Other women need support too.
If we don't have each other's backs then who will? Make bitches laugh. Often.
6. There's always a way to fight back.
Laughter packs a bigger punch than anything or anyone else.
That being said, your humor is bound to be misinterpreted by some. Don't be too harsh on them. They just haven't realized the most important rule: Life is too short to be anything but happy.
Thankfully, happiness and comedy/laughter are two in the same. I don't think it's physically possible to have one without the other. It's kind of like someone telling you to eat pizza without cheese.
It doesn't make sense and, quite frankly, it's a waste of time.
If you don't take anything else away from this, try your best to remember this: Empowerment will ALWAYS speak louder than negativity.
The people who will try to convince you otherwise probably eat their pizza without cheese.
A girl who is sometimes funny, sometimes tired, but mostly hungry.