I received this in a LinnkedIn message this evening from my friend, mentor, and team lead, Syd.
Even during the times of the most significant stuff going down since the start of the pandemic, throughout the lockdown and physical distancing, and with our calendars being wiped out in a matter or a few days, you could either get sucked into doomscrolling through all the ugliness on antisocial media, or, let your inner silly self off the leash and have a bit of fun. Yes, we chose fun!
It was a lesson learned from my late mother. She had two favourite sayings:
“Life is too damned short to be so f**king significant about it!”
“I’m here for a good time, not a long time.” (typically followed by: Step on it Sunshine, get the lead out! Let’s get a move on girl, time’s a-wastin’!!)
One day, while having a wander through the PATH system in underground Toronto, I ran into a former colleague whom I had not seen in years. She stopped to chat for a minute and said, “I miss your laugh most of all around that place!” My laugh? “Yes, we called it your Woody Woodpecker laugh, that filthy laugh of yours, HA HA HA! hahahahahahahahahaha! And the tears would be running down your face while you leaned back in your chair, gasping for breath. I could be having the most shitty day ever, and I couldn’t help but giggle once I heard you start laughing, and then the day wasn’t shitty anymore.”
Because of the nature of our work, particularly during a pandemic, we do deal with a lot of significant stuff when supporting folks. Sometimes you have to take the leash off your inner wacky self and let it have a good romp. Give me enough time, I’ll find something hilariously funny, that minutes before had me rolling my eyes, and then come up with some bit of sass to get people giggling.
If I wake up in a particularly goofy mood in the morning, I’ll forewarn a friend of mine with this line via text: “Chief Silly Bitch reporting for duty!! *snappy salute*”
One of the things I am grateful for, that our team leads, Syd & Brad, along with our PATSS team members, always make space to bring fun to work.
Try it yourself, kittens, bring some fun to your work, and see what happens.
Love, sunbeams, and kitten dreams,