Kirby Slager

los angeles, ca

Working in the service industry, you get asked a lot of questions. Most recently, I was asked one of my favorites, "What's the meaning of life?"...Normally, I laugh this question off, knowing that it's the bar patron's way of making a joke. But this time, I decided to answer. The first thing out of my mouth wasn't a laugh or a bookmarked canned response, but yet, a very truthful answer. I responded with a smile as I said "Don't take life too seriously." 

The more I thought about it, I realized that response is a large part of who I have grown into as a woman. I grew up going away every summer, whether to camp or into the great outdoors white water rafting, sailing or on backcountry trips. If adrenaline was involved, I was present. Then, at the age of 20, I decided to take my biggest risk to date - I left school to pursue my dream of Comedy. After a summer in Chicago living at a Days Inn and rollerblading to and from Second City Improv classes, I moved to New York.  I spent two years falling in love with the city, before finding my home and family in Los Angeles.

Today, I can honestly say that I am living my dream. When not making drinks and serving BBQ to the fine folks of West Hollywood, I'm doing what I love most – making people laugh. It may not bring me financial independence, yet...but I wake up each day knowing that I am honoring my heart. 

Life is beautiful. It is scary, intimidating, frustrating, and confusing at times, but the struggles are what make the joy, the love, the friendships, the triumphs so sweet. And if you choose to follow your heart, to do the things that scare you, to love yourself, to take risks, and along the way to never take yourself or your struggles too seriously, well then, I'd have to say that's living, my friend. That is the meaning of life. To learn, to laugh, to love.