Going through my very disorganised filing system on my computer, looking for a specific image (which I still can't find), I came across this meme. It immediately made me chortle. Each time I look at it, it sets me off again. The expressions and the caption are classic. (apologies that I can't credit the author as I have no idea who it is.)
No matter the face we present to our friends, family and colleagues, for many of us life is really really tough. Surviving day to day is exhausting and scary. Work is scarce and money more so. As we get older the aches and pains become more pronounced and watching family and friends succumb to illness and mental health issues is devastating
Laughter has always been the glue that has held Dave and I together. We laugh at each other, we laugh at ourselves and everything around us. When the laughter stops I know our relationship is in trouble.
It is so easy to fall into the trap of feeling sorry for ourselves and moaning about everything that is wrong in our lives. Being news junkies we have allowed ourselves to get sucked into reading and listening to tales of world misery communicated every which way.
The reality is that there is very little we can do to change these major national and international issues. So, if we can't change something, we need to change how we react.
When I get really down into my misery pit I imagine myself as a quadraplegic. Being physically hyperactive, the prospect of becoming paralysed is my worst fear. Imagining this scenario is an instant kick in the pants to find something positive to smile about.
As a child I was a great giggler. One of my nicknames was Giggling Gertie bestowed upon me by mother. I still laugh raucously and no longer care what people think about my unladylike behaviour.
It is time to laugh again. Take another look at this meme and roar and giggle till the tears of joy come.
Have a laughter filled day.