Monday, June 7, 2010

laugh with me! or at me? I don't really care... just laugh!

"Laugh as much as you breathe, love as long as you live."

If I laugh to much for you, I don't apologize. I don't sympathize, nor do I understand. There are a few things I cannot live without- although some of the things on that list are: iPhone, my magic bullet, and my costco card- I would rather die than live without laughter. This post is going to contain some of my thoughts about laughter as well as many quotes from wiser people who were either smarter than me or just better with words.

"If every word I said could make you laugh, I'd talk forever..."

If I laugh with you, I feel comfortable with you. It means that I like being around you. If I can laugh with you about anything, I love you. If you make me bust a gut, you are my friend. If my abs hurt after spending time with you, you must be my best friend. If we don't laugh, I'm sorry... but I honestly don't think that happens very often. Laughing builds relationships. If two people can laugh and smile with each other about anything, I feel like a bond is formed. Victor Borge once said, "Laughter is the closest distance between two people." Apparently, laughing brings you closer to someone than spooning with them...? I think I am ok with this- not to discourage spooning in any way, haha. I heard the quote a while ago that "laughter is the way to true love" (anonymous) and I believe it. I don't understand love without laughter. To me, that's like living without air- not possible. To love someone isn't only defined as an unspoken connection between two people. To me, it's much more than that. What do you talk about? What brings you closer together? What makes you smile? What moments do you share? What do you laugh about together? Laughing with a loved one doesn't have to be a 24/7 thing, but I think that it should be something that occurs more often than not.

"Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell and when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough."
-William Saroyan

One of my favorite quotes came from Christopher Morley. He said, "Do, every day, something no one else would be silly enough to do." Anyone who knows me well, knows that that one 'something' can easily turn into many other things. "The person who knows how to laugh at himself will never cease to be amused." (Shirley MacLaine) Well, it's true isn't it? I'm living proof! Constantly amused... Please don't blame me, I take after my mom, who is also very amused when she can laugh at herself. In my opinion, things shouldn't always be so serious. I have found that when I look back on a situation which I have handled poorly, I wish I would've have laughed rather than what my actual reaction was. The situation could have been less intense and complicated. I have learned from those experiences and now do my best to laugh rather than stress!

"Laughter is the shock absorber which eases the blows of life."

I am probably the only one who notices a difference, but I feel like my 'laugh' is back. The past couple of weeks have been pretty awesome. I felt like I'd lost my touch to enjoy life, but I just had some lessons to be learned I guess? I don't know what happened, but I am sitting here on a marvelous Monday and smiling because I had a great weekend. It doesn't matter what I did or who I was with, but I laughed the ENTIRE time! From a hilariously fun concert on Thursday, to a great time 'camping' on Friday, a day with the family on Saturday, and some interesting experiences on Sunday, I laughed. My abs hurt. My cheeks hurt. And I love it.

"God is a comedian, playing to an audience that is too afraid to laugh."

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