This I Believe

Katie - Belton, Missouri
Entered on April 16, 2007
Age Group: Under 18
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Laughing is A Good Thing

Have you ever laughed so hard at yourself that your back starts to hurt? Have you ever started laughing for no reason at all or once you started laughing you could never stop? I believe that everyone should have moment(s) where they can laugh at themselves with tears rolling down their cheeks without being embarrassed. I know I have experienced this many times, probably too many times.

Every summer I go to Tan-Tar-A, a luxury resort located at the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, with my uncle, aunt, and cousin. My aunt is wealthy so we do whatever we want, when we want. We go golfing, shopping, swim at the pools, bowling, sit in the hot tub, go to the indoor water park, lay out in the sun, parasailing, ride golf carts, tubing, jumping waves on the Seadoo, eating all we could possibly eat and much more!

One night we went to Michael’s Steak Chalet, a fancy restaurant, and my uncle ordered steak and lobster. As the waiter brought out the food to our table, he brought out a candle with butter on top already melted to dip his lobster in, I assumed. When the waiter brought it out, I didn’t know that it was butter, so I said, “ oil?” Then my uncle replied, “ butter.” “ You’ve obviously never have been to nice restaurant before. I said, “Yeah, can’t say I have.” Of course by this time we were all laughing hysterically with everyone in the restaurant looking at us as if we were total idiots.

To tell you the truth, I have never been to a really fancy restaurant where you have to use the right fork out of 3 forks, put your knife on the right side of your bread plate, don’t eat when the waiter brings out the food, wait until he leaves, put your napkin in your lap, and saying thank you every other word. I didn’t know there were so many rules to fine dining.

This is one of my many experiences when laughing so hard I start to cry. I believe that everyone should have these moments. The moments turn into memories that you can always look back on and laugh. You probably wont laugh as hard, but it’s still funny. My advice is don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself. I’m sure everyone in the world has had a brain fart, said something that wasn’t right, or maybe just lost their mind that day. My point is that life is too short to be embarrassed about what you say. Hey just do like I do, laugh a lot and live life laughing!