When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried? Has it been a while?
I’ve been thinking about the concept of fun this week.
Firstly, going through the photo albums of the kids when they were younger, I was struck by their huge smiles. They simply looked joyous in every shot. A little bit of that is lost as they get older. Maybe they are more self-conscious, more thoughtful, but gee there is something to be said for that innocent happiness of the early childhood years.
Then I read this piece by Kate Hunter on Mammamia talking about when was the happiest, most fun time of your life? Kate asked the question after she saw a telegram from Peter Sellers to Spike Milligan begging for a chance to reunite the goons because he wanted a chance to “have some real fun again”.
This morning I watched the Today Show celebrate 30 years of being on television by reuniting some of the previous hosts, news readers and weathermen. The jokes were flying thick and fast and by gosh it looked like everyone had always had a ball working on this program. I know it mustn’t have always been a bed of roses (and the early starts have to be a killer) but there was a lot of laughter and happy nostalgia as the bloopers played.
It reminded me how easy it is to lose the fun in everyday life.
The busyness, the worries, the obligations tend to overwhelm. There is little time to stop and enjoy the silliness, the ridiculous situations we endure.
I’m going to endeavour to laugh out loud a LOT in the next two weeks. I’m going to foster an environment of laughter, where there is time for the comedic comeback and the creative collaboration.
There will be bonus points for tear inducing humour that creates a belly laugh and a side-ache of happy pain.