Rachel Wilkerson’s First Rule

by Rachel on June 7, 2010

I realized that while I love sharing my lessons, I also have to share my rules! I’ve been told on many occasions, “You have a lot of rules.” It’s true. I’m pretty all-or-nothing, and that makes me pretty rule-oriented.

I’m not a “Rules Girl” in the sense that I’m old-fashioned but I’m a rules girl in the sense that I make decisions and declarations and then I just stick with them. Some of the rules may seem a little silly, but they really tend to work and keep me out of trouble.

I wasn’t even going to list the first rule because I feel as though it’s a given that requires no explanation, but, for the sake of recording things for posterity I suppose I will…

Had I realized this a couple years ago, I’m pretty sure I would never have had any problems with…anything…ever. I love this rule because it’s pretty all-encompassing. When all else fails in a situation and I’m not sure what to do, I just go back to this rule. Don’t be ridiculous, plain and simple.

But we all know I am ridiculous! The hardest part, really, is knowing the difference between Good Ridiculous and Bad Ridiculous. You can still be ridiculous and not be ridiculous. And what’s [ridiculous] is that I don’t feel like I really need to explain that distinction to any of you. I’m pretty sure you just get it.

But just in case you don’t get it, here’s an example:

You: Rachel, last night was ridiculous! I went home with a reality TV celeb and then did a Walk of Shame straight into my cousin’s baptism.

Me: OMG you are so ridiculous!! What are you going to do now?

You: Go eat two bagels and drink two milkshakes.

Me: Uhhhh no you aren’t. Don’t be ridiculous!

You: But can I text the celeb?

Me: Of course!

Do you see the distinction?

It’s hard to really explain Good Ridic vs. Bad Ridic, but I think it’s like Pornography vs. Art…you just know it when you see it!

I actually think I can make this an acronym, just like DIK.

You: Rachel, I don’t want to work out today.

Me: What are you going to do instead?

You: Watch Jersey Shore reruns…

Me: DBR!!!! Go for a run right now!

If you still don’t get it, just keep reading my blog…I think you’ll get it eventually. It’s about being That Girl without being That Girl. I just can’t help myself when it comes to being ridiculous…but I’m so glad I’ve finally stopped being ridiculous.

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1 Kionda June 7, 2010 at 11:50 am

So what you are saying is don’t use being {good} ridiculous as an excuse for being {bad} ridiculous? In other words…don’t let it cause you to slack off in areas you know you shouldn’t slack off in. If that’s what you’re saying then yeah I get it and agree wholeheartedly.

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2 Rachel June 7, 2010 at 6:58 pm

Kionda — you def get it.

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3 Sheena June 7, 2010 at 11:55 am

I love it! I recently had a conversation about ridiculousness with a friend of mine and we both determined that we are what you’d call a “good ridiculous”. hey at least it’s fun!

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4 Annabelle June 7, 2010 at 12:06 pm

“It’s about being That Girl without being That Girl.”
I LOVE this. I just recently figured that out for myself, and it’s honestly made my life a lot better. :]

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5 Leah (Nutritionista) June 7, 2010 at 12:26 pm

This will be printed out and hung on our fridge when we live together. Just FYI. And as we discussed, there’s a fine line between That Girl and… myself.

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6 Anastasia June 7, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Haha! I love it & totally get it.

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7 Trinidad Pena June 7, 2010 at 10:14 pm

I so needed to read this. I’ve been surfing the web and eating ice cream instead of doing Corefusion. Getting off the couch now! After which, I will pack a bag to keep in my trunk to avoid the walk shame in the future!

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8 Jess June 7, 2010 at 10:23 pm

I not only get this, I LOVE this and I’m doing my best to live it too! Being ridiculous is fabulous!

PS. Tried Face Down, Ass Up today and LOVED IT. Even if I died a little during the jumps….but hell, that’s why they call a climate “petite mort” right? A little death. ahhh.

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9 Trinidad Pena June 7, 2010 at 10:26 pm

I agree being ridiculous is fabulous!

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10 Kendra June 8, 2010 at 11:50 am

I thought of one of your rules on Friday night. I think it’s roughly, “Don’t let your inner alcoholic slut enable your inner fatty.” Unfortunately, I thought of it after the fact.

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11 Rachel June 8, 2010 at 11:51 am

omg Kendra…hahahaha…that literally made me LOL.

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12 j June 8, 2010 at 2:09 pm

I think this is a great rule to live by, unfortunately I can’t help but be bad ridiculous. Hitting the snooze button 15 times? Drinking (heavily) on a Sunday night? Spending all my disposable income on Faberge eggs? Ridiculous!

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13 Runeatrepeat October 4, 2010 at 10:39 pm

I have to admit I like being ridic sometimes. And I love reading your blog all the time :)

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