Why so Serious?

Life is funny. Everyone says that. Why do we say that though? What is so funny?  When things don’t go our way we say “life’s funny that way.” When things do go our way, we say “life’s funny that way.” Life is filled with moments, both good and bad. Do we cope with the bad parts by downplaying the pain and finding humor where none may exist? Do we make jokes about the good parts because we can’t believe our luck or maybe because we feel we don’t deserve the good that has come our way?

I’m curious to know why people tribute, feelings, and emotions to humor when in truth, it has nothing to do with it. We laugh when we mean to cry because we think it takes the sting out of the pain. It doesn’t. We find humor in happiness because we can’t believe our luck. Luck has nothing to do with it. Happiness comes to us the same way sadness does; through the people we meet and fall in love with, through the situations we put ourselves in, and the positive or negative ways we perceive life. The above statements all have one thing in common…’we‘. We choose if are happy and we choose if we are sad. No one is a victim of circumstance, and we all have the capacity to take charge of our happiness.

Hiding behind humor’s painted face and big red nose is not the way to live life. Humor should be something we indulge ourselves in, not an escape route so we don’t have to face our true emotions and situations. Humor should be vibrant and open, not painted on like a clown’s mask that hides what we really feel.

We fail to realize that we are the masters of our lives; take charge of your emotions instead of letting them take charge of you. Face them head on with your battle armor on and spear at the ready, don’t cower and use shields that aren’t really going to help you achieve anything.

I shall leave you with this:

A well-developed sense of humor is the pole that adds balance to your steps as you walk the tightrope of life.

-William Arthur Ward


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