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Friday, July 25, 2008

The Art of Laughing at Oneself

When I was in middle school, I had changed a lot from the bubbly, sunny and vivacious child I had once been, the golden girl who made friends with everybody and had enormous birthday parties with pony rides and clowns. I had become a girl in the midst of the pre-teen "awkward stage" who hid behind her hair and clothes and took offense to any sort of prodding or nudging jokes made at my expense, including teasing from my friends.

Later I learned that you had to be able to laugh at yourself in order to move on with life and be a person people want to be around. Who wants to spend time with somebody you have to walk on egg shells with? My mother used to tell me all the time, "It's okay to laugh at yourself, and to admit that you're wrong. We all are sometimes, and we all deserve to be laughed at at times."

One of the ways to be a "people person" and to have people like to be around you is to make fun of yourself. It shows confidence, and the ability to do this is reassuring for people who may have a hard time laughing at their own mistakes or flaws. I learned this the hard way, taking offense every time someone called me a dumb blonde (to which I would retort that I was an intelligent blonde) or every time I was accused of stuffing my bra in the sixth grade (which, by the way, was all a rumor... really!)

So if you ever find someone pointing out your worst flaw or a mistake you once made, turn it into a joke, one that you initiate. It's a great way to build self-confidence, believe it or not. But what am I doing, sitting here writing this as if it were to be published in a self-help book. Who am I to presume that I have anything to teach at such a tender age? And yet, though I may be young, I do know much about the way of life and how the world works. I know what makes the world go round, and I know about the theory of utopia. Who doesn't want a perfect world? But that topic can be saved for another time...

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Anonymous said...

I too have found that confidence bring beauty. Confident people not only feel attractive to themselves but others see that too. I hope one day to meet a confident girl and make her my Angel. Thanks for you post.
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Excellent post, Catherine! You are wise beyond your years. You cannot overstate the importance of being able to laugh at yourself, because if you take everything personally it just builds up inside and can cause great pain. We owe it to ourselves to use laughter as a tonic, because it really is the best medicine.

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