Thursday, October 7, 2010

Don't take yourself so seriously.

I was reading my profile the other day and realized that a sentence in it says I like to have fun and I laugh a lot, mostly at myself.  So I thought I would give you an example of my very funny self. 

At the beginning of August, I traveled to Denver, CO with a few of my brothers for the Theta Tau National Convention.  Of course it was absolutely beautiful there and I really want to move there ASAP, see exhibit A.
Yes, I know you want to go there too.  But don't worry, of course you can come visit me when I am living there. Just remember, you have to thank me.
Anyways, one day at the conference we had a motivational speaker by the name of Corey Ciocchetti and he was awesome to say the least.  You should check out this video by the way called the Lost Generation.
He talked about Chasing Authentic Success and talked about the balance in life.  The one thing that he talked about that has stuck with me most though is not taking yourself too seriously.  He told this really funny story about how he once tried to swat a bee out of his car with his wallet and then he actually ended up throwing his wallet out the window in traffic. Hilarious because the bee was still in there when he got back in the car.
Anyways, back on track.
He then asked the audience when was the last time you laughed at yourself.  Well it just so happened that I actually remembered the last time I had laughed at myself.  In fact, it happened just the night before that.  And it was a very good laugh, the kind that makes everyone laugh with you.  
We were all sitting down for a nice fancy dinner, I mean each plate had its own cover and there were cloth tablecloths and they followed proper serving etiquette, like pulling out your seat and putting your napkin on your lap for you.  But with fancy dinners, you also get ridiculously small portions.  So our meals come and its a chicken breast over a small bed of rice and like 6 green beans, beside the point.  I needed a little pepper to spice up the meal as it was kind of blah.  So I pick up the pepper shaker and attempt to shake some out on my chicken and such.  Two maybe three little flakes fell out.  A little more vigorous shaking.  At this point, I'm thinking This darn pepper shaker, I just want more...And Bam! the pepper top falls off and pepper piles on top of my chicken. [Insert my manic laughter here.] It was funny.  I actually started laughing before anyone saw it too.  That's what you get for cursing the pepper shaker gods, Alyssa, that's what you get.
Everyone at the table of course joined in on the fun.  Austin even helped me clean up the pepper mess by using his chicken breast to dab my chicken breast.  Yes this actually happened also, after he warned everyone at the table to not look.  
And that's how you know if your friend is a true friend...if he will dab his chicken on yours, my friend.  That's how you know it was just meant to be. 
That's the story that came to mind when our speaker asked, When was the last time you laughed at yourself? Turns out, I wasn't the only one who thought of that story because after that session, Laura asked me if it counted if she got to laugh with me because all she could think of was the pepper incident also.  I said yes.
He also asked, How can you ever take yourself seriously after that? Well sir, I don't so don't worry.  
Did you know the average person farts 14 times a day? I learned that too.
Also I laughed at myself again later that day when I was jumping on the hotel bed and hit my head on the ceiling.  Also when Laura and I danced to "Boom, boom, boom" by the Venga Boys.(look it up!)

What can I say? I'm not a serious person.

So, when was the last time you laughed at yourself?
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