There are few things in this world that feel as good as laughter. And it seems like the world could certainly use more laughter.

I am one of those people who takes life far too seriously. I forget to relax, to laugh, to spin around like a kid or to be goofy just for the sake of goofiness. Thankfully I have friends that help me in this regard, with whom I laugh until my sides hurt, who are so comfortable in their own skin that they don’t mind being goofy and giving me permission to do the same, and nieces and nephews who remind me how to play and imagine.

Dance like nobody is watching… this is one of my favorite phrases and seems to apply so well here.

This was my year of attempting to be more silly, to break free from taking life so seriously. And this continues to be the thing on my list that I struggle with the most. Day in and day out, I don’t know what I can do that encourages my silliness… especially on the days when it’s just me.

A tame attempt is just to sing out loud… I am a horrible singer, and yet I’ll get in my car, turn up the music, and car dance to Life is a Highway which is silly unto itself and takes me back to my high school years which were silly in their own right. Dancing around the house is another attempt. Just for fun, just for a break. I’m seeing a theme here; it seems music helps me to lighten up and loosen up.

I would LOVE to be able to mimic accents, but that is definitely not one of my strong suits. And I’m always far too self-conscious to event attempt – but ridiculous or not, I’d love to be silly by trying to speak with a foreign accent.

Oh, how I long to laugh at myself every day. God knows there are enough ridiculous things I do or think throughout the day that warrants a great belly laugh.

This is a great reminder to me that my TO BE list is not something that I have mastered, but something I aspire to. The things that make me a fuller, richer, better… and dare I say, more fun person, every day.

So… I’m off to blare some music, dance around the house, spin in a circle or two, and allow myself a few moments of silliness in the midst of my morning. Hopefully, when I write about this next, I’ll be able to share how this is a regular part of my daily routine.

“What would our lives be like if our days were studded by tiny, completely unproductive, silly, nonstrategic, wild and beautiful five-minute breaks, reminders that our days are for loving and learning and laughing.” – Shauna Niequist