It’s weird how things work out sometimes.  Like how I write about finding the humor in not so humorous situations and learning to laugh at myself along the way, and then find myself doing that the very next day.

So here’s what happened…

My boss is out of the country right now, which means that I have the option to work from home if I so choose.  Working from home is great once maybe twice a week, but after that, I find it gets a little lonely and boring.  I need people around me during the day.  So this morning I decided that I would go into work. 

I work up nice and early, washed and straightened my hair (which is a rarity right now because of the humidity), did my makeup, got dressed, made breakfast to go, kissed Vishnu goodbye, and walked out the door. 

My morning commute varies by the day, but on this particular morning, it took about 50 minutes.  I parked my car in the garage, started walking towards the elevators, realized I didn’t have my laptop and walked back to my car.  As I neared my car, I knew that I wasn’t going to find my computer on the back seat as usual but I looked anyway.  My instinct was right.  My laptop wasn’t there because IT WAS AT HOME ON THE KITCHEN TABLE WHERE I FORGOT IT!

So I got back into my car and drove home. 

And at first, I was very very annoyed with myself (Parita you’re wasting time, Parita you’re wasting gas, etc.).  Instead of going too deep down that path, I chose a different one.  I laughed.  I promise – I just shook my head and laughed.  I called my mom to tell her what happened and we laughed.  I called Vishnu to tell him what happened and we laughed.  After a 40 minute drive back home, I walked into our apartment, saw my laptop sitting on the kitchen table, and started laughing. 

Whoever said laughter is the best medicine was an absolute genius.  Had I not chose to laugh at myself, my day probably would’ve unfolded quite differently.  I can just imagine the alternative scenario in my head – tears, an argument with Vishnu for no good reason, sulking, etc.  All things that would’ve robbed me of an otherwise great day.  I really do believe that because I chose to laugh at myself and move on my day took a turn for the better – I got a good amount of work done from home, I ended up going to yoga, and Vishnu and I had ourselves a little pizza party while watching The Big Bang Theory. 

I actually learned a lot through this experience.  One, always check to make sure the laptop leaves the apartment with me!  Duh!  And two, even if it doesn’t and I end up driving 90 minutes for no good reason, it’s not the end of world.  What can you do?  Laugh, move on, and have a great day!

Happy Friday!

By Parita

14 thoughts on “Laughing at Myself”
  1. Haha thanks for the laugh, P! With situations like that, laughing is probably the best alternative. It kinda reminds me of my morning on Tuesday. I was running SO late for work and just overall frazzled. As I was about to sit down to breakfast, I thought to myself “Thank goodness I can finally relax for a few minutes and enjoy my oats in peace”. That was short-lived because before I knew it, chocolate Sunwarrior was ALL over the floor. I just started laughing….and then realized I better sweep it up ASAP!

  2. I love this post, Parita! I would’ve (and have!) reacted just the opposite and been totally annoyed, frustrated and upset with myself and that’s just such a waste of energy! It’s definitely something I need to work on.

  3. I’ve done that soooo many times myself! I can only laugh long after the event though – I envy you being able to laugh at yourself at the time! I think you’ve changed the layout to your blog. Well done – I really, really struggled to read the last format. Maybe it just never worked on my laptop but it was really off-putting. This layout of yours here is wonderful!

    1. Thanks, Ken! I’m starting the learn that the more I’m able to laugh at myself, the easier things get. And I’m glad you are finding this blog format easier to read. I like it a lot better as well!

      1. I always encourage my students to laugh at the scrapes I’ve got into in the past because I think it is healthy for us to do so. But to laugh at the time you’ve done something stupid is still very difficult for me!

  4. I should really take the message here. I can be one of those people sulking and cursing the world if something like this were to happen to me. Thanks for writing this post, I need to remind myself to do something like this more often.

    Absolutely love the new layout of your blog.

    1. Hi there! How are you and the baby doing? I miss your updates!

      And I tend to get easily annoyed by very little things and need to work on laughing those off. The big things I can handle. But someone cutting me off isn’t that funny. We’re all works in progress!

  5. This was such a funny and positive post. LOVE LOVE LOVE your attitude on life. come meet me if you are ever visiting NYC. 🙂 I would have been pouting and pissed, and then i would have treated myself to a cupcake and coffee to make myself happy again.

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