Monday, March 11, 2013

Can you laugh at yourself?




Is a person born with a sense of humor?  The older I get it saddens me to notice that younger folks do not have the ability to laugh at themselves.

(I hated that I just used the word “folks”, I’m really not that old, not even 40 yet.)

Luckily, my Mommy brain has blocked out the memory of my personality when I was in my early 20’s.  I would like to think I had a sense of humor.

People seem so damn sensitive now-a-days!

With technology the way it is today, you put yourself out there.

Meaning, in my early 20’s we didn’t have Facebook, Twitter.  Shit we still had dial up Internet.

People are constantly slapping their duck faces on and snapping a picture and uploading it to Facebook.  I can see your phone/camera in your hand pointed at the mirror so, you know what you look like when you made that face you must think you look good.

What do you expect when you post pictures of yourself on social media sites?  Everyone knows you’re looking for attention.  When I see these pictures, I look below to read the comments hoping someone pointed out that big lips went out with Angelina Jolie or maybe the nightly face cream isn’t working like you thought.  Nope, I see;  “You look so pretty.”  or “I love your shirt.”  I say what the hell, why don’t you take the freshly washed bra off the shower curtain before you snap that picture.  Or, at least clean up the bathroom a bit!

I think that’s why people can’t laugh at themselves anymore.  The comments below the freaky picture is proof.  I know people see what I see, I know they think what I think.  But, they continue with the nice, fake comments.

I can tell you this, if I post a duck face or crinkle forehead picture on Facebook, I would add a funny title letting people know that I know I look like a jerk.  But, I like to have fun.  I’m letting people know that I can laugh at myself.

Nope, those people don’t add a title, so what do I have to do?  I have to post a comment. Nothing rude, I like to point out the obvious and make a joke about it.  A joke who if a  30+ person would read it would laugh.  They wouldn't delete the comment and pretend it never happened.  Instead of deleting the comment maybe delete the picture.

Personally, what I think is attractive in a person, man or woman is a sense of humor.  Not, those silly pictures of yourself, with a dirty bathroom behind you.


Laugh at yourself, Laugh at other people, Laugh with other people, Make people laugh.  Life is too short to be so serious all the time.

JUST LAUGH!


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39 comments:

  1. Lol , it's true. people with duck faces and dirty bathrooms are so common! I can't believe they think it's "cool".
    Aree With Umbrella

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  2. I totally agree - I have NO idea why people can't laugh at themselves. I'm well over 40 so maybe that's why I can ;)

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  3. Is the pouty duckface popular because it helps people find their cheekbones? I don't know why people don't just use the "reverse camera" instead of the mirror. And the delete button - which is what I do. :)

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  4. I think the only way to get through the day sometimes is to be able to laugh - and mostly at yourself!

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  5. Amen sista! I'm pushin' the big 5-0 and I'm here to tell ya, if ya can't laugh at yourself and you're only lookin' for compliments on FakeBook ya got some serious issues.

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    1. Haha! "FakeBook" I freaking love that!!

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  6. Hello,
    I'm stopping by from the GFC blog hop - thanks for linking up with us!
    If you don't have a sense of humor, you won't make it through life, and especially parenthood! lol!
    Happy Tuesday!
    ang
    http://jugglingactmama.blogspot.com

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  7. Well said. Though I definitely have a hard time not taking myself too seriously.

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  8. I'm not sure which is worse: the duckfaces or the bathroom selfies.

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  9. If someone cannot laugh at themselves then they have a weak sense of humor.

    My blog/site will get you laughing! Check it out!
    http://www.funnybabyvids.com

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    1. Allen,
      I love your site,been a follower for a while. :)

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  10. It's super cheesy, but I love this quote I learned from a friend, "The only sense you can make out of life is a sense of humor." Life is certainly short and I believe it is meant to be enjoyed! (by laughing, not duck facing and the like)

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    1. So true Kristin! I like that quote, good thing I like cheese!
      :)

      Thanks for stopping by

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  11. The only duck faces that are worth seeing are the ones that spoof the whole duck face thing.

    If someone really has to take a bathroom selfie, tidy up first!

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  12. Haha, the dirty bathroom and the whole duckface thing gets me too! Maybe it's a 30's thing?

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  13. I am totally in favor of laughing. Lots of it-- sans duckface. Go you!

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  14. I'm in the same age category as you, and I will say that learning to laugh at myself has come with "experience". I didn't know how to do that until I was well into my late 20s or maybe even 30s. I thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster that there was no such thing as social media when I would have only wanted to look cool. Nowadays? My motto is something along the lines of "give me laughter or give me death!" So please give me laughter because I'm too young to die :D

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  15. Life is way too short to take yourself too seriously...it's the funny moments where you do something stupid and want to share them to make someone else laugh, that make life more fun

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  16. Love this! It's so important to laugh. Life is way too short to take everything so seriously.

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  17. Ha! I frequent the word folks and I won't hit the 40 mark for a while :)Yes, it is so important to laugh at yourself. I couldn't imagine how suckish the world would be without laughter...

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  18. I admit that I'm pretty sensitive, so I try not to post too many pictures of myself where one might think I think I look good. You definitely have to have a sense of humor though, that's for sure!

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  19. I agree - sense of humor is key! Don't take yourselves so seriously, kiddos. And yes, I just said kiddos, and I'm still in the under-40 category, too.

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  20. You know what's worse? When I was in my 20s, there wasn't even dial up internet. Nada. Eek. I love "slap on their duck faces". Ha! I took myself WAY too seriously when I was younger. Moody and über sensitive was I. Oy. Now I just realize I'm a huge goober and get on with it! ;)

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  21. I have no shame and lots of self-depreciating humor. I'm a freakin' klutz and always have been. Must laugh at myself always!

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  22. Gawd this is so true! When my 2 daughters were in their teens, they were constantly taking the stupid duck face pictures and it pissed me off because they looked so much prettier without the Botox look! Thank God they are over that phase in their lives and taking REAL pictures now---without bras or shower caps and bathrobes in the background!! Funny, funny post!!! XOXO

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  23. I didn't know what duck face was for the longest time. That doesn't mean I'M old...right? :) I agree, and often prefer to take terrible (and funny) photos of myself because then I don't get all critical if I'm trying to look good and fail. Maybe that says less about my sense of humor than my self-consciousness. Either way, yes. And yes.

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  24. What about if you're laughing at the duckfaces...because I kill myself at them all the time...

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  25. Oh, how I miss the dial-up days, IRC and Prodigy bulletin boards where people would wax lyrical about music (or maybe that was just me). I 100% agree with your assessment of the "hey, look at me" pictures and people wanting validation, putting their best social persona forward vs. being real. Between that and the, "if I get a million likes I can get a puppy" posts, it's enough to make you wonder what the long-term repercussions are the next generation.

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  26. Being serious is not remotely any type of problem systemically or individually in this culture. Not by any stretch of the imagination. Most people under 60 today are mind numbed idiots incapable or without desire to consider or discuss anything serious. I don't even think they can distinguish a serious topic from trivial. There is a time and place to be silly or whimsical, and there is a time to be serious. I think this country needs a major attitude change because its rapidly becoming a vapid toilet of souless little drone consumers navigating through life without the ability to think.

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    1. That was harsh. Guess what buddy, a person under 60 is going to be determining your test results and treating your illnesses. Or may very well be wiping your ass in a nursing home. We all know there are times to be funny and times to take a stand. But what do you do when you trip? Do you cuss out the curb or do you pick yourself up and hope nobody was looking and laugh at how ridiculous you looked when you fell? It seems like you aren't really thrilled with being older, I'm sorry for that, try to smile watch some Betty White and have yourself a good old time!

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    2. Thanks @ Sorry Kid... I didn't even see this comment yet.

      Let me tell you something, your crotchity attitude is exactly what I'm talking about! Just from your comment, I think I would have to stab myself in the eye if I had to have an actual conversation with you!
      Don't be a coward,if you have something to say, use your name!
      I can tell by all the big words you use, you think you have your shit together! I think YOU need the major attitude change. You seem so unhappy, what a shame! I certainly hope you don't trip on a curb and someone under 60 isn't there helping your old ass up, maybe they will after they quit laughing. Have a wonderful day :)

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  27. You are spot on, sister. I am 45 and fully capable of laughing at my klutzy, nerdy self. I had to grow into that, though. I was very dark and serious in my younger days.

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  28. Bahahahahaha.......laughing at the post because it's TRUE. Mama...go on with your BAD self. And Sorry Kid....GREAT comeback. Notice how this crankster is ANONYMOUS. Coward!!

    I have a picture of myself on Facebook with a duck face just cuz I wanted to see what it actually FELT like to take a picture like that. I felt like an idiot...although I'm sure not as much as I looked like one.

    If I couldn't laugh...I'd have to hang it up! I'm knocking on the door of 50 soon so I HAVE to laugh!!


    Penny at Green Moms and Kids

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  29. I can't stand those pictures. Who wants to see a picture of anyone in the bathroom, even if they are just looking in the mirror. Bathrooms are not for photos!

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  30. Have you seen the pic of the girl in her bathroom and there was poop in the toilet... it went VIRAL yuck!

    -Queen Mommy
    WWW.mt2sm.blogspot.com

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  31. Hahaha! This is great! I was thinking about all the self portraits on FB and Twitter. What about the pics people take of themselves in their cars? What is that about?? I don't get it.

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  32. I had no idea what a duckface was either! I probably share too many pics of my kids. I was forced into Facebook by my mother-I have an obligation under the Grandparent clause. :-D

    I say this very often-if you can't laugh at yourself then what's the point? :-D

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