Somewhere in the last 2 years, I lost my sense of humor. I let all the judgment and criticism from others prevent me from laughing at myself. Laughing at myself, and admitting to my own folly, seemed irritating and unnecessary to me. I’ve already got people pointing out my faults and mistakes so why would I go out of my way to do it more?
Recently, I was around a friend who laughed so hard that she had tears in her eyes and her eye makeup streamed down her face. She looked in the mirror and laughed even harder. I said, “That has happened to me too, so many times,” and we laughed together.
After our laugh, I saw that I’m kind of isolated. And when I do venture out and spend time with others, the people I’m around are very serious, critical and judgmental. The balance of the laughing friend and the judgemental family (who I can’t avoid), has been thrown off lately.
Maybe I’m taking myself too seriously, maybe I’m taking the judgemental people too seriously…Probably a mix of both. What I do know is that when I laugh at my mistakes and I have a friend say, “I’ve done that too!” I feel so much happier and lighter. Maybe instead of focusing on the critics, I can focus on the fact that we all make mistakes and that those mistakes are an excuse to laugh.
I’m going to let my guard down, let my mistakes be funny again, and spend more time with the people who can laugh along with me.
Thank you for stopping by creating a skyscraper!