Since it’s Friday tomorrow, a day to be a bit more casual than usual, I thought this post would be apt. For those of you not familiar with the play or film, “The Importance of Being Earnest“, it is described as “A trivial comedy for serious people”. Needless to say, earnest people are serious people. There is a time to be earnest, sure. A point in every person’s life/year/week/day that they have to put the head down and be serious. They need to get things done, or they need to think things through, or they need to behave in a certain way in accordance with the situation presented to them.
But I think not enough attention is given to the importance of not being earnest. Especially in these dark and dismal times when there are all too many reasons to be serious. The recession, unemployment, death, crime, suicide, the weather, there’s a lot of pretty serious and grim stuff out there already. And trust me, I’m not naive, I work in the media industry, the bad news is important and sometimes that’s all there is to report. But this is all the more reason to be less serious on a regular basis. There are times to be serious and there are times to be silly, and the serious times are going to be thrust upon us far more often than the silly times, therefore we are forced to seek out the latter ourselves.
This is a message I feel needs to get out there because despite the fact that the Irish are often cited as being the most welcoming/friendliest/happiest, we are actually some of the biggest complainers in the world. It’s so easy to get us down, and this is coming from a woman sitting at a desk near a window who has just experienced her fourth downtrodden feeling of the day purely because a cloak of darkness and rain replaces the sunshine every half hour. I’m not even outside. For a country who is so used to miserable and ever-changing weather, we seem to let it get us down an awful lot.
As such, I have five tips for cheering yourself up today by being silly and definitely not earnest*:
- Wear a t-shirt that says “Life”. Hand out lemons to people.
- Glue a €2 coin to the ground. Hide and enjoy watching people attempt to pick them up.
- Follow joggers around in a car blasting “Eye of the Tiger”.
- Run into a shop and ask someone what year it is. When they tell you, run out screaming, “It worked!”
- Put yoghurt into a mayonnaise jar and eat it in public and enjoy people’s reactions.
Plus five special silly things to do if you’re in work (adapt accordingly depending on workplace)*:
- Walk sideways to the photocopier or printer every time.
- Come to work in army gear and when asked about it, simply reply: “I can’t talk about it”.
- Repeat several times to the same person: “Do you hear that?” “What?” “Never mind, it’s gone now”.
- Call yourself over the intercom system (do not alter your accent or voice).
- Skip instead of walk every time you have to get up from your desk.
*I do not claim to have made these up, I merely found them. There are more online if you have a look around.