Don’t Take Yourself Too Seriously

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By: Christina DiMauro

Features Editor

I’m one of those people who is always happy. You will rarely find me without a smile across my face. With this cheerful mood I also try to make jokes about everything that happens on a day to day basis.

   I’m the kind of person who doesn’t get upset at the fact that I got a bad grade on an essay or a test. I don’t let negative events that are out of my control get to me. I don’t take anything that happens in my life too seriously.

   I realize sometimes I have to be serious, but for me it’s easier to make jokes and laugh about tough things because I can’t handle difficult situations any other way.

   If I didn’t laugh and make a joke at the fact that someone hit my car this past summer while I was working it would have been a lot more of an emotional time for me. But instead I laughed it off and decided I couldn’t do anything about something I had no control over.   

   I attempt to make a joke out of every single situation because it’s just in my nature to do so. I live my life as it goes and I don’t get hung up on things I can’t change.

   Like the fact that I’m a very clumsy person. I’m almost too clumsy.

I can’t remember how many times I’ve tripped over my own two feet or stumbled over my words during a presentation in class. It happens at least twice a week and it probably more than I notice.

   Just the other day I was walking in my house to put on my shoes. My socks slipped on the hardwood floor and I fell hard to the ground. The first thing I ended up doing was getting back up, laughing at myself and then running to tell my friends because I thought it was hilarious. Turns out they did too.

   Learning to laugh at yourself is not an easy task. In fact, I haven’t always been this good at it. There have been so many times where I find myself making so many mistakes in every aspect of my life, but I just learned to laugh at them.

   No one is going to be perfect, so why be caught up by the idea that you forgot to email a professor or split a drink all over the front of someone else’s shirt. Nothing will embarrass you unless you let it embarrass you.   

   That statement has been stuck in my brain since middle school. If I was self-conscious about everything I did, my life wouldn’t be any fun.

   No one should be embarrassed to be the person that they are. I know I’m not. I may not have a lot of fans because of it, but I’m all right with that.

   Recently, I was in the passenger seat of my friend’s car singing and dancing along to a song and we were stopped at a red light. As people were walking by on the sidewalk they were laughing at me and I just continued to do what I was doing. In that moment, I made the decision to continue having fun with my friends instead of stopping.   

   No one is ever embarrassed in front of friends or family, so why would anyone let the opinions of strangers dictate what you do with your own life?

  I have learned throughout my 21 years of life that laughter is the best medicine for anything and everything. When we don’t take ourselves so seriously and can laugh at ourselves it will make our lives more exciting.

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