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I recently read this thoroughly enjoyable GQ interview with Jason Sudeikis. I recommend reading the whole thing, even if you don’t watch Ted Lasso (I sadly don’t thanks to a lack of Apple TV), but I wanted to share this part:

[Sudeikis] acknowledged it had been a hard year. Not necessarily a bad one, but a hard one. “I think it was really neat,” he said. “I think if you have the opportunity to hit a rock bottom, however you define that, you can become 412 bones or you can land like an Avenger. I personally have chosen to land like an Avenger.”

Is that easier said than done? To land like an Avenger?

“I don’t know. It’s just how I landed. It doesn’t mean when you blast back up you’re not going to run into a bunch of shit and have to, you know, fight things to get back to the heights that you were at, but I’d take that over 412 bones anytime.”

He paused, then continued: “But there is power in creating 412 bones! Because we all know that a bone, up to a certain age, when it heals, it heals stronger. So, I mean, it’s not to knock anybody that doesn’t land like an Avenger. Because there’s strength in that too.”


What can we do to set ourselves up for an Avenger landing? Is there anything we can do? Probably things like having a support system, good habits, and strategies related to staying mentally and physically healthy.

But I really appreciated his reframing. I think the fact that people land differently—and that there’s strength in all kinds of landings—is something we should keep in mind, whether it’s for ourselves for how we react to someone else’s situation.

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