Recently I was joking around with a coworker who was having a bad day. They were receptive to and thankful for my attempts to cheer them up. When I was done, my mind wandered back to the days of my marriage, when I had made similar jokes with my wife. More often than not, these attempts at humor would be met with the following question:
“Can you ever be serious, Steve?”
I have had other people ask me the same thing in the past, and I would like to answer ALL of them now.
Why yes, I CAN be serious…when I need to be. However, I don’t feel like it’s necessary to be that way 24/7. I think indulging my humorous side and keeping my wits sharp are the only things that keep me sane.
I believe the world is so full of misery that it’s important to find happiness and amusement wherever and whenever you can. I believe in laughing often and laughing hard, even if the joke isn’t that funny! People spend too much time dwelling on negative things, and sometimes negativity is all they respond to.
My sense of humor is a coping mechanism. If it weren’t there, life would wear me down. It would break me.
If you want to be serious all the time, go hunt down some sad sack friend who whines every time they get a hangnail. If you want to be reminded there IS still joy to be found in this world, then stick with me. Trust me: over time, you won’t regret it.