In All Seriousness
Oh... those delicious moments of uninhibited silliness and play.
Ridiculous expressions, goofy voices. The throw your head back, deep belly laugh, dance like no one’s watching kind of moments when we’re transcended to a place beyond our sense of self. We’re completely oblivious to judgment – our own, or anyone else’s. It’s the ultimate freedom. Glorious liberation.
In a world that tends to lean toward the belief that maturity, success, and leadership are the result of achieving gravitas, our sense of silliness can so easily get lost to this more culturally acceptable approach of high seriousness and weightiness.
As children, this uninhibited transcendent place is our natural way of being until our culture teaches us that silliness is below the dignity of adulthood. At times throughout my life I’ve fallen for the idea that to be taken seriously, I’ve got to get serious. At this stage in my life I’m not sure that’s a truth I want to embody going forward. My attempts at ‘shaking my sillies out’ dims my light, and flattens my experiences.
There’s a time and place for everything. Chronic silliness would be tiresome, if not irritating. Conversely, being in a chronic state of stoic, controlled seriousness, seriously sucks the fun out of everything.
Silliness exposes us, shows our vulnerability, and requires courage to appear less than perfect to the world. I acknowledge that for these reasons it’s not easy for everyone, and if it’s too much for some people, then those are not your people. And that’s okay. In my heart of hearts, I believe we need more silliness and play in our world, and be more accepting of its value. Comedienne Amy Poehler’s quote says it well, “There’s power in looking silly and not caring that you do.”
May we, as a society, savour the deliciousness of silliness…for it satiates the soul.