Welcome to Laugh it the Fuck Off Month
04.03.17
Laugh It The Fuck Off Month April Man Repeller Theme-5741

Do you ever get that feeling when you’re soooooooooo hopeless that there is really nothing left to do but laugh it off? Laughing it off doesn’t even cover it, actually, you have to laugh it the fuck off.

If you get what I mean, congratulations — you are good at coping. If you don’t, here is a personal anecdote to express what it’s like to hit superficial rock bottom:

At the beginning of April every year, I foolishly think that we have finally crawled out of winter’s numbing drear and now, at our wit’s end, April — salvation! — is here. I get through March by envisioning the strolls I will take, the iced beverages I will drink and the errands I will gladly run in April. Birds are singing Adele songs and I’m wearing great sunglasses. My footwear is giving me blisters, but this is a good thing because it means my shoes are new. And then what happens? It ends up raining the entire month, and it’s still kind of cold, but it’s a shitty, shitty, humid cold so your bones are shaking and the Internet is still telling you to buy a sundress and you want to buy a sundress (or this cute-ass bag!) because you can’t stand the thought of wearing your sensible wool trousers or those boots even one more time, but you have no choice.

You are a prisoner of the weather forecast.

So what do you do?

You laugh it off! You laugh it off so hard that you can’t breathe — that you feel your abs activate. That breast milk relocates to your sinuses and flies out of your nose. You laugh because you know it’s a menial problem — that you hate the weather and are sick of your clothing and just want the sun to shine so you can feel like the walls that comprise your mind aren’t crashing down on you — and you’re grateful for that. Or maybe this isn’t such a menial laugh off. Maybe you’re tired as hell of reading depressing news and being so angry that you just need to laugh.

You laugh because you know that if you don’t step outside of yourself for a minute or two or three or even four (let’s go crazy), you won’t recognize that you’re trying to climb out of a quicksand rut that is only ever temporary. So this month, we are laughing sooooooooooooooooooooooooooo hard. Giggling until no one in our periphery can focus. We’re going to keep shit light as a feather and give you a reason to enter the chambers of Man Repeller looking for a reprieve that technically means nothing but feels like it means everything because it gives you a reason to get outside of yourself.

So say it with me before I demand that you explain the ways in which you want us to keep it light: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Photo by Edith Young

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  • Ha! How about a trip to Europe? We’re adorning balconies with new plants, cutting off our jeans and basking basking basking in the sun…
    But also stuck in the office, so yes thank you let’s laugh it all off.

  • Lucy

    amazing. This monthly theme has come perfectly timed with my final Uni Dissertation due date and the finale of Girls !!! hopelessness and laughter 👌👌👌👌👌👌

  • Suzan

    Try laughing therapy! I once took a workshop and it is equally ridiculous as it is uplifting.

  • I had a laughing attack sophomore year in college during Thesis week when all our research papers were due. It was either cry or laugh, and I ended up on the ground in tears (from laughing) because my body needed a way to expel the stress. It worked!

  • One of the last times I saw my grandmother, my best friend, before she died of breast cancer, we were sorting her things. What to give to family members, neighbors, Goodwill. We both knew the premise of this sorting was her imminent death, we both knew it was the last time we’d see each other. And so we howled and screeched and laughed and made jokes about it the whole way through, in the way only we could. It was sad but more than anything, it was us doing what we always did best together. One of my best memories.

    • Leandra Medine

      Ugh, love this Emma! Turn it into an essay for a non fiction class!!!

  • Rheanonn Perez

    thank u for this theme!!! this is the theme of my life lol

    frheak.net

    • Rheanonn Perez

      or should i say … LITFO?! (instead of lol haha)

  • lily

    i don’t want to be in my relationship anymore hahahahahahahahaha i hope this works

    • Leandra Medine

      so leave!!! let;s talk about this

      • lily

        I don’t really know how I got here. I love him and he does not love me. He will however, not let me break up with him. All we seem to do is fight. I know that I don’t want this but I have sort of worked myself into a corner because he has become one of my best friends/the person i confide in/go to for comfort/tell everything to. And he just drains me. No amount of attention is enough. I feel like I am outside myself watching this happen to me.

  • Montserrat

    You guys always make me have a positive outlook in life and thank you for that. I guess fake it till you make it goes a long way. I go through phases when I’m just laughing to avoid crying ( which sometimes probably makes me look like a maniac) but something triggers in your brain and somehow you start believing you’re actually happy…right?

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