There are a very rare number of glimpses into a perfect juncture in time. Those precious gifts are brought at unsuspecting moments but, when the mood catches you at the right time, laughter becomes unstoppable to the point that tears begin to roll down your cheeks, your ribs ache and your stomach muscles become constricted.
I had one of those moments last night. I was watching a show where an actor was doing an impression of Christopher Walken – not an easy feat but he did it with such impressive articulation it spurred me to go to YouTube to find more impersonations.
I must preface my evening’s lunacy by announcing my love for old musicals. My Fair Lady was a favorite to watch with my parents. It is a treasured memory of a time gone by that will remain with me throughout my life. When our leading lady is learning proper diction, the phrase “The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain” is uttered continuously to help her ease out of her Cockney accent and pass as a well-bred lady. So when I stumbled on what I thought was a depiction of Christopher Walken, this gem of humor surfaced and had me watching it over and over until I couldn’t see because I was laughing so hard.
Moments like the one I had are hard to come by. There are so few times that we allow ourselves the reckless abandon to be able to laugh the way I did. Life hits us with a barrage of reality and it is so difficult to give ourselves permission to be silly but those moments make it possible for us to deal with the hand that life has dealt.
Today will be a bright day for me because I go into it knowing I still have the capacity to let go, to laugh at something so inane but something that was able to break the constraints of my day-to-day existence. I let everything else go and, just for a moment, laughter riddled my body with the kind of pain I wish I experienced more often.
Allow yourself that moment. Give yourself permission to throw every responsibility on the back burner and just enjoy life, even if it’s only for that brief moment. These are the rare glimpses of your life that you will carry with you and the pain you will want to remember.