Maybe it's because I'm a narcissist, but I sincerely believe my journey toward viral can and should inspire the masses. This is why I'm starting an online motivational movement to empower people to follow their dreams without fear of judgment. I call it: Carpe Dopeness.
(GOOP was already taken.)
For a successful launch on this #MotivationMonday, I've created a Pinterest board (more on that later) full of amazing motivational memes to share around the Internet. I'll also be posting them on Facebook all week. Feel free to share with your friends who need a little more dopeness in their lives.
Now, I bet your asking yourself, "Is she serious?" To which I reply, "It depends. Are you?"
On the surface, Carpe Dopeness is just another of my social media gimmicks, an ironic twist on YOLO, something to make people chuckle and then forget as they scroll through their Facebook feeds. But friends, believe me when I testify that I have been changed by my quest for online fame. A week ago I was a trembling milquetoast biting my nails before my laptop, wondering, "Should I ask people for help in following my stupid, shameful dreams?" Then I drank a bunch of bourbon, and the answer was, "More Cheetos!" And then (apparently), "YES!" I posted a CALL TO ACTION(TM) on Facebook, which was answered and shared by dozens of loved ones (and even a few strangers). My posts last week garnered over 1,000 impressions when the week before they were only seen 70 times, and I'm pretty sure that was just my brother refreshing his browser to make me feel better.
I used to think dreams were for dopes: idiots, innocents, the irresponsible--navel-gazing losers who not-so-secretly hope they're special. But now, thanks to the blind support of people who haven't spoken to me since grade school, I see now that dreams are important not because they are achievable, but because they are fun. Dreams make the workday tolerable, amuse us on our commutes, tickle us while we do dishes. They distract and entertain and give us hope of being more than we currently are. That's what Carpe Dopeness means to me: It's the courage to scheme even though your wishes don't really matter to a cold world with real problems, but hey, it's something to do until Game of Thrones comes back on. I'm not sure I'll ever get this book published, but I promise you I'll have a blast trying.
So this is my mission: to be my dopest self in full view of the world and inspire others to do the same--to say to a faceless crowd of people blithely scrolling through their Facebook feeds over their morning coffee, "I am chasing my dreams because I am just as bored as you are! Regard me, and join!"
So how serious am I about Carpe Dopeness? Serious AF.