For many years, my idea of fun was to get drunk, go dancing, skinny dipping, or get into whatever trouble I could find. I had wild tales to tell of my inappropriate escapades and loved the laughter they earned me. And while I did have some fun, I didn’t know at the time that little by little, drink by drink, I was losing myself, my joy, and what actually makes me fun. My dreams were getting shoved aside and doused with shots. Taylor Swift could’ve told me “YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN” and I’d have grabbed her mic, danced on the bar and rode the mechanical bull until I passed out.
My friend DJ nicknamed me “The Original Party Girl.” I was proud of this title and my ability to let loose and be the good time waiting to happen. Living this way was a dead end road though. Being hungover and focused on nightlife left me with a pervasive empty feeling in the day time. I used to tease people who didn’t drink. I see now that I did that because I was threatened by them. While I didn’t need liquid courage like some people do to be social or funny, I needed alcohol to escape myself and my pain. People who enjoyed themselves without the crutch of drinking triggered me, until I became one! 🙂
If you are someone who thinks you need liquid courage, you don’t. You just need to like and believe in yourself more and get to the root of your fears (rejection, loneliness, failure, truth). I needed healthy coping mechanisms to help me calm down my anxiety of life in general. We all need to know how to manage daily stresses and the fat ass boulders that crush our spirits like the death of a loved one, death of a dream, toxic job, relationship, or situation. What if together we reminded each other we aren’t alone and our inner child is alive and well inviting us to come back outside and play?
That’s what LAUGHTER ON TAP is for. It’s for you, me, and the person who wants to feel better and live with self respect, joy, and friends who make us laugh. It starts with making ourselves laugh and peeling away our defenses. The truth is life can be scary, but in the end our souls do make it out of here alive. So, dance, skinny dip, ride the mechanical bull, and sing “YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN” while doing anything but that…but do it soberly. Enjoy every last silly moment of fun your spirit craves, no apology needed.
Join me and fun inspired new friends online or in person at a LAUGHTER ON TAP event and let yourself out to play! I’ll lead the group in comedy improv type games, funny stories and laughter for the soul. All you have to do is arrive sober and participate from your heart. 🙂