“For me, comedy starts as a spew, a kind of explosion, and then you sculpt it from there, if at all. It comes out of a deeper, darker side. Maybe it comes from anger, because I’m outraged by cruel absurdities, the hypocrisy that exists everywhere, even within yourself, where it’s hardest to see.” ~~Robin Williams
One of the funniest human beings I’ve enjoyed over the years, Robin Williams, suffered and died from a most cruel darkness.
I needed laughter today. I’ve felt outrage all week, my blood boiling just below the surface, and a need for relief so that I could go about my life taking care of daily business without coming unglued. Yoga helped tremendously but, I needed laughter too.
The problem was, I felt guilty and ashamed, like I am a cruel person, insensitive to tragedy, with some bizarre need for hilarity to fill my lungs.
“Laughter is the best medicine.” Who said that anyway?
In an attempt to bring on laughter I was searching for a funny quote to post – there’s plenty to chose from and I laughed out loud a few times! Then, I read the quote above from Robin Williams, and instantly I became somber again. I had to share it. There’s nothing at all funny about it.
I believe everyone can benefit from a good belly-aching laugh, and often, but what makes me laugh may not make you laugh. Any quote I considered had only a 50/50 chance of bringing you laughter! So, I opted for seriousness.
The featured photo from Pixabay made me laugh. Dunno why. Doesn’t matter. Did it make you laugh or smile?
“Laughter is self-defense and part of my healthcare. Without it, I would implode.” I said that.
“Laughter won’t cure depression or diabetes but it can enlighten a burdened heart.” I said that, too.
I apologize profusely if my squirrel-y muse inaccurately claimed to have originally said these things! It’s always possible that She has brought forth a quote from an unconscious memory of someone else’s musing. After all, nothing is original, only rewritten from another perspective, but I wouldn’t want to cross the plagiarism line.
Sidebar: My memory is annoyingly unreliable these days. I’ll be 52 in November but honestly, it may not be about age. When my twins were born, 2/3 of my brain capacity was delivered with them.
A memory keeps yelling from far away, “What’s so funny?!”
ooooh, now I get it! Yet another childhood rule! Not only was the expression of anger a complicated issue, laughter was as well! Great. More to Explore. Perhaps this explains the feelings of guilt and shame…
Sarcasm is an expression of anger even if it makes us laugh.
Okay, that was therapeutic for me. Thanks for following along, if you were able ;-).
If you feel somber or your blood is boiling, search for something that at least brings a smile, better yet, outright laughter. It changes your brain chemistry (proven by science but you don’t need a research grant to prove it).
When was the last time you laughed aloud?
How do laughter and humor fit in your daily life?
Does humor show up in your creative expression?
For information on mental illness (depression, anxiety, eating disorders, severe mental illness such as schizophrenia, etc) PLEASE visit: National Alliance on Mental Illness.
October 1 – 7 2017 is National Mental Illness Awareness Week. If you, or know someone you know, is in crisis please call 9-1-1 (U.S.), go to the closest emergency room or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-TALK (8255). Or TEXT “NAMI” TO 741741.
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p.s. If you are having trouble finding something to laugh about go here: Goats Screaming Like Humans on Youtube
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