November 19, 2009

30 Days of Thanks #19


More specifically, being able to laugh. You've gotta be able to laugh. At yourself, at life, at the crap that happens to you on a regular basis.

But don't laugh at others. It's not nice.

Although funny as it may be sometimes.

At least not where they can hear you.

Oh I'm kidding!

I can remember in 3rd grade there was a kid in my class who would read those Garfield comic books and he would laugh out loud. I'm talking laugh and laugh and laugh. I can remember my friend and I thought he was so weird and we even would laugh at him behind his back.

I look back now and realize what an awesome thing it was that he could laugh out loud at such a young age. And that he wasn't afraid to do it in front of anyone. And that I was kind of a judgmental jerk.

Do you laugh out loud? Or do you keep it inside?

I don't exactly remember when I decided it was okay to let it out, but I know that when I did it felt great. I LOVE laughing. I have, on more than one occasion, been the only one laughing in a movie theatre. The only one. Did I feel stupid? Well, maybe a little. But it didn't stop me. I kept guffawing it up.

Laughing is such an amazing gift. I would die if I couldn't laugh.

Well, maybe not die, but it wouldn't feel very good.

So to those of you who keep it inside or let out a mere polite chuckle I say this:
LET IT OUT! Laugh. Laugh out loud. Open your mouth, throw your head back and show the world that you know how to laugh.

When the going gets tough, you gotta laugh. It has kept me sane (or as sane as I can be. I mean c'mon, look at what we're working with here!) through life's rough patches. I am thankful that I can often smile my way through difficulties and find the bright side.

Hope you can too.


tiburon said...

It's official. You are the thankfulliest person ever.

I am a laugher too.

Jena said...

I have truly enjoyed your daily thanks - they have been fun to read, you have such a great way with words! TFS - luv ya!

shirley and paul said...

I look forward to your daily thanks. It is super. You are a good writer and very insightful. I was the weird kid who was laughing. I still am. I don't care what anyone else thinks.
Stan does it too, Thank God. People who laugh hard, live longer. Truly they do. Nothing lifts you up like a good laugh, even when you are the only one doing it. My sense of humor keeps me from packing it in some days. lol.