In All Seriousness
by Lauri Gwilt
February 26, 2017 - 9:03am

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.

Nirvana.

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.

 

Anonymouson February 26, 2017 - 10:34am

Well said my fellow "Sockeye Sister" ;)

Barb Bozzoon February 26, 2017 - 1:41pm

Beautifully said, my friend, as always. Yes, your picture did tickle my fancy and had my inner child "rolling on the floor" with laughter. As an adult and a parent, if I could do it over again, I think that I would definitely try to instill more deeply in my children the need and benefit of a good sense of humor. I must have done okay at some level, because we do get together often and have no trouble stirring up laughter, even at the expense of something one of us did or said. Learning the skill of not taking things personally and being able to laugh at yourself/actions is so important, not only to get along with people, but for your own physical and mental health. Yes, it definitely satiates the soul AND keeps us sane during times of hardship and confusion. I like to watch as many comedies as I can - forget the "apple a day" and embrace the "good laugh a day" theory!!

Janon February 27, 2017 - 4:20am

Thank you!

Anonymouson February 27, 2017 - 2:03pm

Yes, I couldn't agree more with your blog. Humour has a magical way of relaxing those around us as it usually leads to a healthy laugh.

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