This I Believe

David - Tempe, Arizona
Entered on May 16, 2007
Age Group: 18 - 30

This I Believe: Laughing for my Improvement

I believe in laughing at myself. Loudly or simply on the inside, this form of relief might come after embarrassment or in small doses throughout the week. Laughing at myself allows me to move on, not only realizing how silly my faults are, but also discovering the type of person I’m becoming.

Being 18 years old and a senior in high school, I find life accelerating at an alarming rate. My father tells me, with more years of age comes more responsibilities, but at my age this message can be found everywhere. Everything stresses one to make the right choices such as posters or commercials. Often times they faintly say “Just grow up.” And though most times this is necessary, I sense these messages sometimes expose kids at too young an age. Thus many grow up serious or too cautious. Maybe I might have grown up like this. Bombarded with drugs and sex related issues, by third grade I was warned to be very careful. So why is this bad? I feel like tomorrow I’ll be 30 years old, seeing my childhood flash by as fast as it did.

By laughing at my mistakes or faults, I find clarification. Not only do I clean my humble plate, but learn something as well. Take public speaking as an example. Although I’m still a little uneasy about doing it, I realized that I shouldn’t put so much pressure on myself. Every time I spoke in front a crowd, memories crept up and reminded me of everything that went wrong in the past. With this on my mind, it prevented me from clearly speaking or concentrating on what I had to say. Though through laughing at what I had previously done wrong, it now allows me to take some of that weight off my back. It also helps me find the faults I had. For instance, next time I should have been more prepared or kept my hands out of my pockets. Whether I spend the rest of my life mending from my mistakes, I hope the inside laughter never stops chuckling, a small humble reminder.