Were you watching the Oscars Sunday night along with the other 40.3 millions around the world? It's always a highlight of the year for Paper Passionista since we see so many movies and always have our favorites. But this year we were really keeping our fingers crossed for our favorite, Jennifer Lawrence, nominated for Best Actress for her role in "Silver Linings Playbook". And then the big announcement came, and SHE WON!!! She was looking beautiful in her Dior Haute Couture gown, and then, in the excitement of it all she tripped and fell up the stairs. You could hear the collective gasp. In her post-award interview she said, "I tried to walk up stairs in this dress... I think I just stepped on the fabric and they waxed the stairs... What went through my mind when I fell down? A bad word that I can't say that starts with F." Oh my, I think we were all thinking that F-word on your behalf, Jennifer.
What impressed me so about Jennifer, age 22, was her ability to pick herself up, dust herself off, and laugh at herself. I think we've all had those "F-word" moments in our lives when things didn't go quite how we'd hoped - perhaps not on as stage as big as that of the Oscars - but we can all take a lesson from how Jennifer Lawrence handled her unfortunate mis-step. She joked that the Oscar audience was only giving her a standing ovation because they felt sorry for her for falling, but she was laughing. Are you planning a wedding and worrying about how you'll walk in your gown and worrying about what you would do if such a thing happened to you? Don't waste any energy worrying about it - just remember that the key to any recovery is to learn to laugh at yourself. When you do others around you will laugh with you, not at you!