In 2012 I became a certified Laughing Yoga Leader after attending the National Wellness Conference in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. I remember having a really bad week at the time of the workshop, and the last thing I felt like or thought I could do, was to laugh, but I dragged myself to the workshop and spent an entire weekend laughing. At first I was completely out of my comfort zone, looking at people and laughing about nothing, but eventually the fake laughter turned to real laughter and I left the conference not only being certified, but feeling much lighter and happier. I also met a wonderful new friend who also became certified and together we have been laughing together for years.
Thinking about laughing yoga made me realize that most of us don’t laugh enough in our daily lives. Children often have the innate ability to find humor and laugh at simply things. As adults, we become very serious and stressed out. Laughing yoga helped me to “lighten up” and find humor in simply things. Once I started to laugh more, I also started to notice funny things. I guess I have a strange sense of humor as well, but thought it would be fun to share some of the things that make me laugh on my travel adventures.
The first humorous story I would like to share is from my trip to Marco Island, Florida. I was on a beautiful nature reserve on the ocean. The island was secluded and was practically deserted with the exception of a few wandering souls like myself. I spent an afternoon walking the beach, feeling the warm salty water and soft sand beneath my feet. I walked for hours that day, feeling so blessed to be on a beautiful secluded and tranquil beach. As I got closer to the small brush pathway that connected me to the mainland, I saw something white hanging in a bush near the trail. As I got closer, I noticed that it was a huge pair of women’s underpants! I burst into laughter and took a photo. I couldn’t help but wonder who had lost their large pair of pants. Now the nameless undies are online making an appearance on my blog. LOL
Remember to laugh today. Create a circle of laughing friends. Laugh alone, laugh with others, laugh with your cat and laugh at yourself. Keep it light and keep laughing!
Airplane Toilet Nightmare:
In 2004, I relocated from London, England back to the USA. I was flying on British Airways from London Heathrow to Chicago, O’Hare and was half way through the flight when I started to feel unwell, so I got out of my seat and headed for the bathroom. As I was in the toilet, doing my business, someone was trying to get in from the outside. I said loudly, “Occupied!”, while trying to hang onto the railing as the airplane had started to run into mild turbulence. Then the person on the outside tried even harder to get into the bathroom where he/she was pounding on the door and trying to push and force the toilet door open. I could hardly hang onto the railing and pull my pants up with my other hand, while shouting, “I’m in here!” several times, but they continued to try forcing the door open. I started to panic. What the hell was going on out there? Was there an emergency? Was I in danger?
Finally I pulled my pants up and quickly washed my hands. I unbolted the door to see what all the commotion was about. There standing in front of me was an older foreign man. He obviously couldn’t hear, didn’t speak English, and assumed that the toilet was vacant therefore attempting to break down the door, but no one stopped him, which continues to remains a mystery to me to this day. He looked surprised when I walked out. I didn’t know what to say to him, so I went back to my seat, which was across from the bathroom. My son who was about 10 or 11 at the time, sat in his seat and watched the entire thing unfold. He watched as the man tried to force the door open knowing that I was in there. He later told me that he found the situation really amusing. Kids…
Make sure you bolt the toilet door closed when flying… you never know what can happen.