In case you missed it, yesterday was International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Putting aside my personal opinions about how pirates are characterized, I thought it would be fun to dress up and participate. Actually, that’s a half truth. I thought it would be fun to dress up because Krispy Kreme was giving away a dozen doughnuts to any person who dressed like a pirate. I tried to convince Ricks to let me dress her and I’d just play camera woman, but she wasn’t having it. So around 7pm, we went through our closets and put together the most random pirate outfits ever.
We thought we might be the only pirates at our local Krispy Kreme, but we were so wrong. Male pirates, female pirates, baby pirates, old pirates. So many pirates!
Dressing up, engaging with other customers, taking home two dozen free doughnuts (some of which we gave away) led to many laughs and a ridiculous sugar high for Ricks. At the end of the night, I turned to her and said, “I don’t know who else I’d do this type of stuff with,” to which she responded, “I was just thinking the same thing.”
I believe laughter is the best medicine for a lot of things. Earlier this week, I was not a happy camper because I had to pay two red light tickets that cost way too much money and cut into my savings plan. But at the end of the day, I have a lot to be thankful for, including a friend who will dress up with me at the last minute just for the sake of creating memories and laughs.
Everything in life isn’t funny, but there is almost always room for smiles and laughter. It doesn’t change the ugly parts of the world. It didn’t change the fact that I’m hundreds of dollars poorer after paying those tickets. But laughing reminds us that everything in life isn’t bad. And it reminds us that laughing at ourselves or with others can brighten an otherwise dreary day.
Choosing laughter doesn’t mean you forget bad things happen. It just means you’re putting those bad things into perspective. Find time to laugh.
Have a good weekend!