I recently was looking back at some old tweets I had written and was actually laughing out loud as I read them. They were just little moments I noticed that I thought I would tweet. At the time, I don’t think I had any aspiration to be a huge twitter sensation, but just thought they were silly and funny thoughts I would share. But looking back, and seeing how I saw life then, I sometimes wonder if I have lost my sense of humour in finding the silly and fun things in life.
As we get older, do we start to take life too seriously? I remember during my first career job working in a corporate office, I met a super funny person who constantly made me laugh and giggle. She was the funniest and quirkiest character in the office and everyone loved her. In a rare serious moment we had, we started talking about her sense of humour and her zest for life and she told me that she wasn’t always that funny. In fact before she hit 30, she was a serious and buttoned down individual who didn’t laugh very much, but something happened in her 30’s and she realized that life was too short and she wanted to really live and experience life and live that happy-go-lucky life. At the time, I was in my 20’s, and I thought “Wow, I hope I’m like her when I’m in my 30’s!”
Up until few years back, my sense of humour was lacking due to stress and worry pulling me down. I often looked to short inspirational messages to get me through the day, i.e. “Believe in yourself” “It all happens for a reason” etc, etc. – even placing sticky notes on my bathroom mirror as constant reminders. Life was super serious and took on a sombre tone.
Sometimes we need a wake up call or big change to let us know that we shouldn’t take life too seriously and as much as possible, find the little and big joys that happen in life. For me, it was moving back across the country to a place that held both wonderful and sad memories for me. But I decided that the memories wouldn’t hold me back, and starting focusing on building different memories. I also met an amazing person who I get to spend my life with and actually encourages my quirky and silly nature – although sometimes it can get annoying, and when it does, he gently reminds me to take it down a notch.
So, I’ve started to find the silliness coming out in me and I’m loving it. Even if you think you are losing your sense of humour, it’s not too late to get it back.