I used to be such a stick in the mud.
I know what you’re thinking. “What, a boring Canadian? Poppycock!” Hard to believe, I know. But not all of us are magical, axe wielding, syrup chugging, beaver riding lumberjacks who drink Liquid Rad for breakfast and party like it’s 1999.
Stop Taking Yourself So Seriously
There was a time when I wouldn’t even dance or sing karaoke, for fear of embarrassing myself. That’s right, I was afraid of embarrassing myself. This may come as a shock to those who know me now, or even read my Twitter feed.
I’m always reminded of a time I was at a gathering of sorts with my girlfriend at the time, several years ago. Karaoke began, and like a stubborn bull shark, I refused to participate. I thought I would look stupid and embarrass myself. What I couldn’t see, at the time, was that in refusing to let loose and have a little fun with everyone else, I just made myself look like a colossal tool.
Ah, the bull shark – the ocean’s party pooper. Would it kill him to smile once in a while? Nobody likes a stick in the mud. There’s a time and place for everything; But when you take yourself too seriously, most of the time, you just end up repulsing others.
Deer are terrible dancers. They have four left feet. I dance like a deer. I have no idea what I’m doing, and most of the time, I just make it up as I go along. But I still do it, because it’s fun. Observers usually fall into one of several categories:
- Those who think I look like an idiot
- Those who won’t dance, but deep down, desperately want to run up and join me
- Those who see a light-hearted guy who doesn’t take himself too seriously to enjoy life
Push Yourself Outside Your Comfort Zone
At some point, I came to realize that life offers so much more when you stop being so afraid and just throw yourself out there. And the more you step outside your comfort zone, the more comfortable being uncomfortable becomes.
Laugh like it’s nobody’s business, sing like you’re in the shower, and dance like nobody’s watching you.6 people have commented. What do you think?