Some time ago – 5 or 6 years maybe – while lying on the couch flipping through channels (yes, I do lie on the couch) after a long day of training and mommy duty, I stumbled across a standup comedy act. I didn’t know his name at the time, but I was immediately drawn in by his strategic ability to laugh at himself. Of course many comedians make their living by poking fun at their circumstances, but this guy had an ease about himself that made me believe that his humor was more than just an act. Life really seemed funny to him – stage or not. Hilarious.
And so began my love affair with Kevin Hart. Sure, he can be over the top sometimes, but so what? He constantly reminds me that life is too short (pun intended) to take everything so seriously. Humor can be found in things that theoretically shouldn’t be funny. I read an article recently about a woman who insisted on dancing to The Happy Song as she went into the operating room for a double mastectomy. Not surprising, the surgery went perfectly and she had a “miraculous” recovery.
Why so serious?
Weight loss and body image are other areas where the serious face shows up. Hopping on the scale every day and agonizing over every pound and calorie is as fun as pulling teeth out with pliers. Stop it. It’s not that serious. Why are you in the gym in the first place? Because you want to feel confident and sexy and look better in your clothes? Confidence and sexiness come from the inside out. Starting to feel that way internally will help it manifest externally. If you felt sexy and you wanted to stay that way, what would you eat? How would you take care of yourself?
Be easy with yourself.
Have fun with it.