Today I was thinking about my writing, writing I enjoy reading, and programs I enjoy listening to on NPR. I enjoy reading and listening to true stories about people’s lives. Stories that I can relate to. Stories with lots of emotion. Stories that explore people’s responses and reactions to everyday events and events that are momentous and life changing. Stories that make me laugh. I genuinely appreciate people who have gone through the extreme highs and lows of love, loss, illness, injury, life in other words, and are able to not only share their stories, but share them in a way that enables them, and those they are sharing their stories with, to laugh.
Life is hard, for everyone. I believe more and more that the key to not being miserable is being able to laugh. We have a lot to learn from other people’s stories and we have a lot to gain from sharing our own stories. I think we all need to be reminded that we are not alone, others have gone through similar ups and downs. None of us are getting out of this crazy adventure alive so we might as well figure out how to enjoy ourselves.
A great, This American Life episode (Act Three is my favorite).