Laughing Out Loud
Updated: Jan 13
The other day at work a man came in to pick up a togo order. It wasn't ready yet so he took one of the many newspapers at the host stand and sat at one of our high-tops. He had come in many times before and done the same thing. You know nothing out of the ordinary, but as he sat and read, all of the sudden he bursts out in laughter.
He quickly caught himself and looked around to see if anyone was watching him. When his order came out, he returned the paper to the host stand and preceded to tell me what he was laughing at then took his order and left. Ok so I know you all are probably thinking " Brianne what is the point of this story?" Just stay with me for a second. This whole situation made me think, why was he so ashamed to laugh and why did he feel the need to justify it? Was it because it he was by himself? If I were him would I have done the same thing? Would you?
This man found something funny but felt as if he couldn't laugh at it. We as a society are only comfortable in our joy unless someone else justifies it. I can almost guarantee that if this man had been with someone else, the whole scene would've played out very differently. This whole idea sadden me. We have to seek reassurance from others in order to live in our joy and truly feel comfortable to experience it. We are constantly asking permission to be happy. After thinking about this for a few days, I came to the conclusion that maybe this concept doesn't have to be all bad. I decided I was going to laugh out loud by myself, smile for no reason and maybe by doing that I would encourage people to do the same. Don't silence your laugh or hide your joy. "As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence actually liberates others." Marianne Williamson