Today’s Daily Prompt is to explain my favorite quote, or in my case, explain why I am the way I am. Because my quote is pretty much how I live life, or try to anyway.
“A day with out laughter is a day wasted.”
I’ve seen it variously attributed, and the origin of the quote is fuzzy. But the most widely accepted attribution is to Charlie Chaplin. Appropriately, he was a comedian and made lots of people laugh. Oddly, he was famous during the black and white silent film era, so he didn’t make people laugh with words. Which makes me chuckle every time I remember that, so, mission accomplished by order of the quote!
I don’t take anything very seriously; I can find humor in any situation. I laugh in church (quietly, once I had to choke back tears I was trying to contain it so hard). I make nervous jokes to break tension. I will laugh at my wedding. A burnt grilled cheese is funny. I laugh at the expense of myself. I crack jokes about others. Nobody is safe, not even my dog when I squish her face to make her look like a Sharpei. I don’t claim to be a comedian or anything; I may not even be that funny to other people. But it doesn’t really matter to me. Laughing makes me feel good and I don’t care if you think it’s funny or not, or if you are offended. Honestly, if you get offended by me laughing I’m just going to laugh even more. Having a sense of humor is essential in every kind of relationship I’ll ever have, from friends to family.
Life is too long, and too short not to laugh everyday. If you don’t laugh at least once during the day, I think you should examine your life. Something is probably missing. You don’t have to be outwardly hilarious, you just have to view things with humor in mind. Otherwise it’s a really long, boring life. Alternatively, if you think life’s short, don’t waste it by being apathetic, or worse, glum and grumpy. I get over things quicker when I find something funny. I laughed at myself after a breakup for how stupid I was, and lessons learned, and why you should never move to West Virginia if you’re not from there. 2 year relationship, over it in 2 weeks because I kept laughing about it.
And did you ever consider that your laugh and your bad attempts at jokes (and really, the bad attempts are usually funnier than the actual joke), might just make somebody elses day? Cheer somebody up? It’s true, I’m inflicting this laugh-a-day lifestyle on everybody. Yet oddly, nobody would ever accuse me of always being chipper and cheerful… it must be all the sarcastic jokes and witty comebacks…