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.”