The Daily Prompt:
Do you consider yourself funny? What role does humor play in your life? Who’s the funniest person you know?
No. I don’t think I’m funny, not in a comedic-pee-your-pants-bent-over-laughing kind of funny– and I don’t try to be. I prefer dry or sarcastic humor, that is more subtle, rather than in-your-face-over-the-top funny. And 8 times out of 10, I’m the only one that thinks something is funny, my friends just don’t get it. Well my friends in Charlotte don’t, but my family and friends back home? They understand, and share, my kind of humor.
And I think humor is good company. When life gets too stressful, too tough, too monotonous, I always turn to him to throw me a bone, to remind me to laugh, to take a breather. I had a pretty solid routine going last semester. My schedule was jam-packed, and hectic, I barely had time to eat. So every morning, before going to my internship, I would get up 20 minutes earlier to run, and get ready, and I would make time to watch The Colbert Report with my breakfast. As much as I cringe at politics, I rejoice, and giggle, at political humor– especially that of Steven Colbert’s. He is hilarious. And might I mention that I also hate watching the news– it’s overly depressing and contorted and controlled by the face of media, so I like my daily dose of news to come with a few laughs. Steven kept me sane last semester. Those few laughs I had before a busy day ahead of me were just enough to lighten my mood.
I should mention though, that I absolutely cannot stand stupid-funny– movies like Napoleon Dynamite, Austin Powers, Dumb and Dumber, and Borat. Any of those kinds of comedies make me roll my eyes, and provide my own sarcastic-laced commentary throughout. I feel myself dropping a few IQ points during films like those. And no offense to any of them– they are all successful films that others genuinely enjoy, but not my cup of tea. (I like coffee, anyway).
I’ve often been told that I favor crude humor, as well– which might be true. I’m a pretty liberal person in that sense. I find mostly anything slightly offensive, funny, even if it affects myself. People take things way too seriously sometimes (myself included) but, nonetheless, it’s humorous to make light of it. We need to laugh at ourselves sometimes, too, because I know from experience– all of that retained seriousness is bad for the mind, and body. Eventually, it’ll break ya down.
So, learn to laugh, and learn to love it. Smiles are more flattering than frowns.
The picture below is of me and my best friend, Rachel, right after my surgery two Christmases ago. I spent New Years Eve in the hospital so three weeks later, we had our own “New Years Celebration.” I took my brace off for the picture but I was pretty much confined to my house for over a month. I’m very thankful to have great friends who appreciate me, and care for me like they do. My father always said “You’ll be lucky to have three true friends throughout your entire life.” He’s right. Good friends are hard to come by. She’s one of the good ones, that’s for sure. No amount of distance, or time has stood in the way of our friendship. I’d do anything for this girl, and I feel confident in saying she’d do the same for me.