I get asked that question a lot at massage conference, and my response is: “Life is too short NOT to laugh.”
Let me give you a little background on myself. Most of my childhood I didn’t laugh much, and suffered from Clinical Depression and OCD. I was give different antidepressants in my teenage years, and that seemed to make my moods feel blah! I even ended up in a Psychiatric Unit a few times in my teenage years.
I didn’t embrace my current personality, until I was going through massage school in 1997. I quit all my antidepressants while I was going through the program, and on my own decision. I was feeling better, and I found something that kept me busy, so I didn’t obsess as much.
I still suffer from depression and OCD, and I’ve learned to keep busy. OCD is who I am, and it’s helped my career over the past decade. I can’t do anything small, and I’m always thinking of ways to keep myself busy, so I delve into work. Now, I just need to find a balance between work and play.
I’m not looking for sympathy, and I just want people to find peace with their hiccups in life.
To quote my favorite T.V. show: “It’s a gift… and a curse.” – Adrian Monk
If you want another perspective, I’m making up for lost time in the laughing category