“A person without a sense of humor is like a car without shock absorbers.”
Yesterday I was walking around in a haze – thinking about my very important life problems. They are serious I tell you, very, very serious.
Like – I don’t know what my schedule looks like for next week. I feel like it’s possible I may be slightly allergic to a detergent because after using a wash cloth, washed in said detergent, my face seems bumpy, red and irritated. I don’t think the water in the kitchen gets hot fast enough and I seriously doubt that the slow drivers in the left hand lane are ever going to understand that they should be in the right hand lane.
Big stuff right. Big, serious, important stuff. Things I need to get upset over.
And then I get a punch in the gut from reality when I am confronted by someone who actually has a real problem. A problem that cannot be solved with a phone call or a switch in detergents or patience or mindfulness.
And I realize that I take myself way too seriously. I need to lighten up A LOT. I need to pull my head out of my butt and be a little. bit. more. cool. With everything. I need to laugh a lot more at myself and my humanness. It’s actually funny how important I think I am and how much gravitas I give to my own grandiose thoughts.
Do you ever wonder why the typical social media feed is chocked so full of videos that make us laugh or go “awwwwwww?” I think it’s because we need it. If someone did a study I bet that we would find a real backlash of funny/adorable videos posted within a few days of something awful happening: an increase in silly to balance out the yucky.
“Laughter is an amazing medicine in the fight against taking ourselves too seriously. Laughter dissolves tension, stress, anxiety, irritation, anger, grief, and depression. Like crying, laughter lowers inhibitions, allowing the release of pent-up emotions. After a beautiful session of laughter, you will experience a sense of well-being. After all, if you can laugh at it, you can live with it.” (personaldevelopment.com)
So laugh, A LOT, more. Laugh at yourself too. Don’t take it all so seriously. It’s only life – right? If we don’t look for opportunities to laugh, feel joy and bring others along, we’re really missing out.
The little things that bug us do have meaning. After all, it’s the small moments that add up to lifetimes. AND I think we could all use a little reality check on how to rank what really matters in the grand scheme of things so that when our energetic attention is really needed we have it to give.
So whether it’s Charlie biting his very British brother’s finger (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OBlgSz8sSMor), The Evolution of Dance (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMH0bHeiRNg), a Conversation Between Two Cats (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1JynBEX_kg8), The Drama Prairie Dog (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHjFxJVeCQs) or a Sneezing Baby Panda (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzRH3iTQPrk) allow yourself some levity. It’s not the answer to everything but it’s a good place to start.