What happened to all the people who had a sense of humor? seriously – where have all the people disappeared to, who used to laugh at almost anything, the people who could turn around a drama to see the funny side? Please come back. I do not want to see the importance of something mundane and the possible dangers it could produce for humanity, I want to think about more important issues like global warming and what I am cooking for dinner later, for instance. I think we have been missing the point for a long time now.
Last night I was telling a friend much younger than me, about a song that used to make me laugh. In 1972 Chuck Berry, known as one of the greatest RocknRoll icons, just for a laugh, produced a song called My Ding a Ling. At that time I was teaching young kids in a dance class and the song was a popular one. It made the kids laugh.
The song’s lyrics were a tad suggestive but at the same time, they were meant to be funny. My friend and I laughed thinking how the song would be frowned upon today. Some of those old comedians that kept our parents laughing until their sides were splitting would now be considered politically un-correct. Our views and values have changed and rightly so but when I said we were missing the point, this is where the danger lies.
Our sense of humor is dying and that is bad for our health. Those of you who remember the song, My Ding a Ling, let me ask you, who was traumatized by it? Nobody. If you were, I would love to hear from you.
Don’t lose your sense of humor.
Learning to laugh over something that you feel you should cry over is one way of coping with stress. When my X partner used to nag me with a mountain load of negativity, I would hum the song from West Side Story, I feel pretty. I refused to get stressed and this was my way of laughing it off. I guess it kept me free of the therapist chair many of us would go running to today searching for answers to why we feel shitty. There were times I would start the song ‘I feel shitty and end up dancing around the kitchen. My partner thought he was listening to a lunatic, the more he tried to make me listen to him and take him seriously, the more I was free from his negative torture. Remember that song in the eighties, ‘I’ll Survive’? This was my way. He said I was taking the piss out of him. Maybe I was just lightening up and he did not get it.
I often turn to my sense of humor, a challenge becomes a goal to smash when things go wrong. Quoting lyrics and catchphrases help to lighten up and put traumas and drama situations into perspective. Does it all really matter that much, Has anyone ever died from playing with his own Ding a Ling
Listen to Chuck Berry HERE. If it makes you smile, even the tiniest bit do not even bother to book an appointment with your therapist. You are on your way to lightening up and laughing at life for the good of your own health. We could do with some silly songs again to bring us all back into the non-virtual world where we knew how to read between the lines and not take life so seriously. When we are able to draw on a sense of humor we can discover there really is a brighter side to life.
Have a great day and if you do not agree with my perspective on this then buy me a coffee. It will calm us both down.