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Don’t take life too seriously

Sometimes you just have to do something crazy in order to keep from going crazy. I don’t mean rob a bank crazy. I’m talking about things like singing I’m a Little Teapot at the top of your lungs in the middle of Wal-mart crazy or saying hello to people you don’t know and asking how Uncle Jimmy is doing crazy. It’s kind of like having an April fools day on a day other than April 1st.

I have done my share of crazy things in my lifetime. They always made me smile, if not burst out laughing, in the process. Laughter is so healing. It lightens the load you carry and even gives you something to smile and laugh about later. I catch myself smiling, even today, when I think back at some of my crazy moments.

Once upon a time, years ago, I was a street clown. I dressed up in full make-up—a white-faced clown with a rubber nose, brightly colored clothes, and giant shoes—and headed out on the streets to bring smiles to people. I didn’t speak a word. Everything I did was conveyed through my actions like a mime. I over exaggerated  my movements to tell a story, convinced onlookers to play imaginary volleyball with me, and even delivered hugs to some of the toughest looking people I had ever seen. All without words.

It left everyone with a smile because no matter what language they spoke, they could understand what I was saying. I gave them a moment of craziness and a silly story to pass on to their friends. It still makes me smile to this day when  I think back on those days.

I’m sure you could interject your own stories of crazy moments: times when you’ve done something out of the norm that brought a smile to the people around you. Those harmless office pranks, goofy magic tricks and silly jokes you tell, they are creating a lasting memory that will bring others laughter and smiles for a long, long time.

Create a memory today. Do something crazy. As someone once said, “Don’t take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.”

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About the Author
Penelope Conway

Penelope Conway
Penelope started Positive Living with MS as a way to help others with MS stay positive in the midst of a terrible disease. She believes that staying positive and holding onto hope is the key to waking up each morning with the strength to get through the day. Multiple Sclerosis may never go away, but neither will her determination and her drive to help others through the journey.

11 replies
  1. Rodger Ashton-Smith
    Rodger Ashton-Smith says:

    That singing comment has made me laugh as we are singing “I’m a little bunny” to that tune on Friday for our mainly music dinner time.
    The craziest or strangest things is that I told a joke at a Queenstown pub in 1974. Then I heard a comment from a stranger that a friend of his heard this joke when he was in Queenstown and that was in 1975 over a year later. Talk about a fifteen minute of fame.

  2. Lauren Singer
    Lauren Singer says:

    Thanks! A sense of humour is vital – but so easy to forget! I remember speaking and writing about humour: it puts everything into perspective. Somewhere I lost it. My journey with the monster has been a lifetime. He (somehow never she) has been with me since I was 17. Sitting back to peruse my life (am now 52) I wonder at which twisty turn did it slip through my fingers? My third car crash? My mom getting older, or my dad dying? Moving out of our home to this retirement resort? Finding out that this “resort” has no artificial snow for skiing, no wall for climbing and worst of all, no bungee jump specially made to cater for wheelchair riders. Sense of humour? Gone. 😎

  3. Helen Rowan says:

    It’s definitely good for the soul to do something small crazy! I have a 3 year old and I love singing (trying to sing!!) and dancing wherever takes our fancy!

  4. Amanda R. Maloy says:

    You can pretty much get away with anything at Wal-Mart. My sister and I played a rousing game of kickball and upset a dish display.
    I once got on the PA system and said, “Jesus to Electronics, I need Jesus in Electronics.”
    I don’t think I’ll ever grow up!

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