Opinion

It's funny how life can be taken much too seriously

MONTY Python's Life of Brian immortalised the saying "always look on the bright side of life".

Now you have that song in your head, don't you - and what's more, it will probably be there all day... Sorry about that!

While Michael Palin et al made a good point and in the process millions of dollars in making us laugh, it's not all just a comedic notion.

Being able to look at the bright side, laugh off the doldrums and see the funny side of an otherwise less-than-favourable situation is serious business.

For much of my life I have taken things very seriously.

I thought in doing so I would be given just reward. I can laugh and joke and have a good time, but when it came down to the important stuff in life I was always acutely focused on making it happen.

Working hard. Very, very serious indeed.

And you know what? For the most part, it was a joke. And the joke was on me.

Being able to look at the bright side, laugh off the doldrums and see the funny side of an otherwise less-than-favourable situation is serious business.

So entrenched in making life happen was I that I almost forgot to enjoy it.

I would make it to a new level in my career and I would be immediately setting up the process for the next: achieve an academic credential or an award and look to what followed.

The kids would reach a milestone and I would be looking to the future. Build a brand new house and immediately look to improving, renovating, upscaling.

All it really got me was a permanent crinkle in my brow, constant headaches, indigestion, chest pains, stressed kids and in the end a broken marriage.

During the past few months things have taken a turn for the better.

Lessons have been learnt and good, long, hard, honest looks in the mirror have ensued and while, God knows, I am far from perfect, I am making some steps in the right direction.

Laughter is something as contagious as it is cathartic. I see myself, my life and my achievements for what they are.

I know myself (and am accepting of all I am) enough to be able to laugh at my own seriousness and self importance.

It's a learned skill, a habit which needed breaking and a neural pathway which needed a serious resurfacing.

But I am getting there. And with the right people, it's going to be a fabulous journey.

Topics:  life lifestyle meredith papavasiliou opinion



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