Most of us are way to serious, way too often, turning everyday situations into problems, constantly on the lookout for shit to complain about and worrying about a bunch of things that simply do not matter.
While it’s good to handle your business and get serious about growing, loving and being the best person you can be, being too serious can straight-up hinder your ability to enjoy an awesome life like being questioned by a cop can hinder an enjoyable LSD trip.
Getting caught up in the drama of life is a buzzkill on steroids. Life is meant to be enjoyed, not fretted over with a furrowed brow and a cantaloupe sized knot in your gut.
Here’s 17 reasons why you don’t wanna take life too seriously…
1. You have shit on your glasses.
Seriously, those things are caked.
Now, I’m not saying it to be mean or anything, I mean, I have shit on my glasses too, we all do.
Reality and perception are two completely different things, and your perception is distorted by the bullshit you consciously and subconsciously believe about what it is and what it should be.
And who can blame you?
You’ve been lied to your entire life.
Your parents, while they did love you, lied to you.
Your family, friends, neighbors, teachers, idols, lovers, the media and now me… all full of shit…
… Lies, lies, lies.
Now, most of us have been well meaning, well, maybe not the media, since it’s controlled by people with their own creepy agenda. But most likely everything your parents told you, they told you because they themselves thought it was true, and they thought it would serve you. And a lot of it did, making it easier for you to navigate through life.
That don’t make any of it true though.
And the biggest liar of all... out of all the assholes who ever betrayed you, fucked you over and gave you the run around… resides right there between your ears… constantly feeding you opinions, judgements and total bullshit to the tune of of thousands of times a day.
Your own mind’s been fucking with ya.
Spewing bullshit at ya like a television evangelist and pushing harder than the slimiest of used car salesman.
While it’s true, some of the lies have served you, many of them have held you back, had you chasing things that didn’t matter and caused you much more suffering than happiness.
Good, bad, or broken down on the road somewhere in between, the judgments and labels your minds been chiming in with have seriously distorted your view, so much to the point that most of what ( and I ) believe would be best categorized as fiction.
Some parts might be considered “Inspired By True Events”… but that’s at best.
Now, I ain’t telling you nothing you don’t already know… and I’m in the exact same boat as you, but we can never be reminded enough… hell, half the reason I write this shit is to keep me walking that line Johnny Cash was always singing about.
2. We know only a little
The truth is we know only know a fraction of a fraction of a fraction of what the Universe, the world and life is all about.
We might think we know, but we don’t. Anyone who says they got it all figured out, I’m calling bullshit on.
This video says it much more eloquently than I can…
“All you really need to know for the moment is that the universe is a lot more complicated than you might think, even if you start from a position of thinking it’s pretty damn complicated in the first place.”
3. You’re more monkey than anything.
“Our DNA is 96% chimpanzee. Is that even worth arguing?! If I gave you a sandwich that was filled with 96% shit and 4% ham, would you be willing to consider that a ham sandwich?
If you ever start taking things too seriously, just remember that we are talking monkeys on an organic spaceship flying through the universe.”
- Joe Rogan
4. You’ve been possessed by a little kid
Not only is there shit on your glasses, making it impossible to tell what’s really going on, but your thinking has also been taken over by scared little child … comforting ain’t it?
Now, this little fucker likes to tell you about all kinds of horrible things that are gonna happen, that you’re not gonna get what you want, you’ll lose what you have, that’s there’s not enough of that to go around, and you better be careful or you’re make an ass outta yourself in front of everyone.
A little optimist obviously.
My advice is not to listen to this dude, if he had his way all you’d do is sit around and watch cartoons all day.
Take it from Twain…
“I am an old man and have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened.”
5. People who take life too seriously are no fun to be around
Except maybe when it comes to killing zombies, so keep a few around just in case the shit goes down.
6. No matter how cool we try to appear to be, we are strange, crazy and prone to madness
Seriously, just think of some of the weird shit you do…
… Smelling yourself, touching yourself, trying to impress others while they’re trying to impress you, worrying about your waistline and engaging in a constant dialogue with yourself about a bunch of nonsense all day long.
And I know you’ve listened to some gay ass music too, and loved it.
The pot in the brownie is that the craziest people are the most fun to be around.
I’m not talking about some fucker who screams obscenities at strangers passing by on the street kinda crazy, but I’m talking about mother fuckers who LIVE, and are themselves.
Being a little crazy is a good thing, it means you’re human.
It’s the trying to contain and hide the crazy, so you can keep up appearances, that causes the real madness.
Being all serious about what people think about you, even if you’re one of those silent mysterious types with a serious demeanor, is not being authentic… it’s putting on a show.
Sometimes you just gotta be able to laugh at yourself.
Going with the flow and letting it hang out… warts, bumps, lumps and all…. and not taking your thoughts serious about what others think of you all the time… not trying to appear tough, cool and on top of your game.. when you know you aren’t, is the way to go every single time.
Not only is the show exhausting, but it puts a wall up between you and the rest of the world and you and your true self.
Being able to laugh at yourself when you’re lame .. that’s the ticket to the Big Happy.
“Anyone who takes himself too seriously always runs the risk of looking ridiculous; anyone who can consistently laugh at himself does not”
7. Life is more FUN when you don’t take it so seriously.
Taking life too seriously leads to being a stressed out, scared, angry, boring human being in bad health.
Being able to laugh at life, relax into the moment, and accept things as they are is a much better gig.
8. Look at how ridiculous popular beliefs, culture and the media are
We are a generation who march on stairs that go nowhere and ride stationary bikes that get there even quicker… all so we can fit into some fucking skinny jeans.
People put shit in their faces so they can look younger than they really are, but often just end looking like Chinese robots.
Kim Kardashian is a best selling author, and that Snooki chick is too. (Nothing against em’, but it’s gotta make you wonder)
The Bachelorette is the most popular show on television.
There are millions of people who firmly believe you’re fucked and gonna burn like a grilled cheese sandwich because you don’t believe the way they believe, and they will happily tell you all about it every chance they get.
Unless of course you’re of the same set of beliefs that they are, then not only do you probably think I’m a dick and of course gonna burn, but many of them think you don’t embrace the dogma as well as they do, so you’re fucked anyway.
They know what’s best for you.
There are others, most of em’ in another part of the world fortunately, who think you should be dead cuz’ you don’t believe what they believe, or you weren’t born of the same heritage or on the same soil.
You could actually go start your own religion right now, make a bunch of shit up, and there are people all over the world who will believe what you tell them to believe, do what you say to do, including giving you all of their money and drinking whatever cool aid you’ve got in store for them.
“When Paris Hilton can top the bestsellers’ lists, we are one more Connect Four move closer to Armageddon.”
- Corey Taylor
Now, after all this talk about ridiculous beliefs, I’m gonna say that…
9. Some Invisible Force seems to be in charge of everything
At least that’s been my experience.
Call it what you will, but there’s something much greater than you, me or even Brad Pitt that seems to be running the show here. And the coolest part is, as far as I can tell at least, it’s more real than anything we can see with our eyes and touch with our hands.
And as quantum physics tells us, there’s more emptiness in matter than anything else.
Maybe that’s why so many great mystics call this world an Illusion. Bill Hicks called it a ride, and some dude sitting cross-legged under a tree called it an Illusion… either way they’re talking about the same thing.
There’s something unseen that’s far more real then anything can be seen.
Don’t buy into the illusion, or at the very least, question the shit out of it.
10. Life can DRAMATICALLY change in the blink of an eye
Every thing is constantly changing, in fact that seems to be the only thing that’s 100% consistent, and with the exception of your actions and your actions alone, you don’t control any of it.
( Maybe that invisible thing does… but I ain’t trying tell you what to believe here )
The things you’re fretting over right now, causing you all kinds of unnecessary grief, because of some life changing event that you never saw coming, might not matter one bit 5 minutes from now.
Someone you love might stop loving you.
Your home could be swept away by some force of nature so powerful it displaces people by the thousands.
Your heart could stop beating and your lungs stop breathing… just like that.
You could also get the best news of your life.
You just never know.
“Do not take life too seriously. You will never get out of it alive.”
11. Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Bill Hicks and Mitch Hedberg
4 of the baddest mother fuckers ever to walk the planet.
RIP Fellas … your humor lives on in the hearts of millions
12. Taking life too serious is a giant win for those who wanna see you fail
Let’s be real here. If you’re a go-getter, there may be a few people out there who wanna see you fail.
And if there are, these people want you to be stressed out.
They want you taking shit so seriously, that you neither succeed nor enjoy life.
Don’t make these wishes of theirs come true.
13. Miserable people are taking shit serious for you
Seriously, there’s plenty of people out there right now taking life uber serious.
And they are miserable.
They sit and fret in bumper to bumper traffic on the way to jobs they hate, flipping people off while they listen to “bad news” radio.
They lie in bed tonight stressing out about tomorrow.
They get angry and think about how other people should be living some other way… and just do the shit they want em’ to do.
They got this taking life serious thing down to science for you,and have proven that it does not work.
So relax and enjoy yourself… and watch and learn how not to live.
Drop the idea that you are Atlas carrying the world on your shoulders. The world would go on even without you. Don’t take yourself so seriously.
Norman Vincent Peale
14. Because you fart
And that shit’s hilarious… no pun intended.
Even kings, queens, ladies and grandmas must fart.
I’ve seen the most beautiful of women rip a few big ones in her sleep, and it made me like her all that much more. (=
15. You were born with the gift of laughter
Somewhere, someone is laughing for their first time. And somewhere else, someone is laughing for their last time.
Laughter, along with orgasms, is one of the most wonderful things ever created.
Not only does laughing make you more likeable, less stressed and will probably even help you live longer… but it makes you happier and your life more awesome all the way around.
But it’s hard to laugh when you take everything so serious all the time.
Laughter exists, and it’s a gift that no one can take away from you, and you get to use it as often as you’d like.
And with the technology we enjoy today, all 9 seasons are available to us anytime, anywhere.
17. Your problems do not matter
While it’s true you are an amazing being with the power to change the world… your life is also miniscule and your problems meaningless.
Oh, I know your problems matter to you… but they don’t matter one bit in the big scheme of Infinite Universe.
If you ever wanna put things in perspective, just look up at the stars, and then remember it goes on so much further than that we can even fucking conceive.
Now compare how massive that is with the little stuff you worry about… not looking perfect in the mirror, your car breaking down or someone talking shit about you does not matter one fucking bit.
99% of of what we think as of problems aren’t even real problems anyway, just situations the mind’s made into some big and unnecessary drama.
And there’s one more…
18. Because life was not meant to be taken too seriously
If life was meant to be taken super-seriously all the time, stress wouldn’t kill you, it would make you live longer, but it doesn’t, it fucking kills you
Life is meant to be lived and enjoyed.
There are times to be serious, but overall, it’s best to relax, laugh and go with the flow. Unless that is, you just want a life where you accomplish a bunch of shit, but don’t enjoy your self and aren’t fun to be fun to be around.
If you’re having trouble with being too serious all the time and wanna chill out and enjoy life more, but you’re not sure how, try doing more of the following…
- Move more. Get your heart rate up and your sweat on.
“The best things in life make you sweaty.”
― Edgar Allan Poe
- Eat healthier and drink more water
- Get more rest
- Don’t watch the news – It’ll mess ya up.
- Watch and read funny stuff – There’s tons of great stand up comedy and hilarious podcasts out there that make good replacements for stress music or the news … if you can call it news. There’s also lots of great positive music and audios you can listen to.
- Surround yourself with funny and positive people
- Put the kibosh on your complaints
- Spend more time doing what you love
- Spend more time helping other people
- Practice acceptance and resist nothing
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