Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Power of Absurdity

I love coming up with the most ridiculous nonsense ideas I can.  It’s fun.  Most of the time I think I’m absolutely hysterical, and sometimes, rarely, if ever, other people think that way as well.  That part doesn’t matter, because as long as you’re entertaining yourself, what else do you need in this world right?  I’ve taken to it so much so that now I’ve got a soccer game I play with the kids where we literally make up the rules as we go.  If you come up with something and say it before the actual thing happens, it counts.  Let me give you an example.  I had been eliminated from the particular game we were playing, I decided that if I could moon walk across the goal box, I’d be allowed back in.  I stated the rule, moon walked across and I was back in.  At one point my oldest boy decided that hitting the cross bar was worth 300 points.  He hit the cross bar.  He won.  You get the idea, it’s one example of something goofy to get our minds working and laugh a little bit.  At first the kids were quite against this whole idea.  They were used to my antics with things like calling certain areas of the woods “Squatchy” seen as how I thought we might find big foot there, or other stupid stuff like that, but joking around about their beloved soccer?  How dare I!!!  After a few minutes of uncomfortableness they tried it and had a lot of fun.  I found this to be a pretty good analogy to my start down this path.  There was a time I would take most things in life too seriously.   It wasn’t fun.  Life was difficult, and there wasn’t a whole lot of joy.   Once I started looking for the humor in almost every situation, it’s amazing how much easier things got.  Now when a guy cuts me off on the road, I just think about the story he’s racing to tell his proctologist!
Obviously there are things in life that just are what they are, and difficult situations need to be addressed.  I’m not talking about those times.  I’m talking about the 90 percent of other times where your anger and frustration aren’t going to do a damned bit of good.  I’m talking about those times where you’re going to get frustrated, and let it impact a significant portion of the next hours or days, yet nothing will be done about it.  There’s really no need.  Whatever frustration exists is not going to be permanent and truth be told it’s way more fun to think of the escape plans the husband is making while his bitchy wife complains about the fact that the gruyere cheese isn’t fresh enough. 

Another thing this seems to help with is the fact that what others think of you, or what they think of anything else in the world is none of your business.  Again, a line needs to be drawn here, you see a guy eying up your daughter, you don’t laugh about the life she could potentially marry into, you yell as loud as you can that she is 16 and that’s still considered jail bait in this state!!!  Then you politely grab him by the ear and get him caught up with his wife and proceed to explain to her how the whole thing was probably  just a misunderstanding and that you’re sure the husband just thought your daughter didn’t have matching socks on, and that’s why he had to stare as long as he did.  See what I did there?  I took a hypothetical, made it real, and then twisted it back into a hypothetical!  I thought it was hilarious, I’m still laughing, and you’ve probably stopped reading by now…  My point with all of this is to say that we don’t need to take life so seriously.  Find the humor in it.  Search out absurdity and enjoy it.  Take the kids to find big foot one day.  Take the kids snipe hunting, have a yes day where the answer to every question somebody asks you is YES.  Make fun of yourself.  Enjoy everything you can.  If the humor isn’t immediately obvious, search it out.  You’ll be glad you did.

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