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!