Roe Tip #3

Roe Tip #3: Laughter Is The Best Medicine

Could you imagine Life without laughter? How could it ever truly be Life? At least, Life within the context of human existence.

We need to laugh when it tickles us most. We need to laugh in times of sorrow and hopelessness. It’s one of the things that really brings us together, one of the things I really enjoy about being a human being and being alive inside my body.

Laughter makes me comfortable with myself. Makes me feel at ease. Because nothing else matters in those precious seconds. In those moments, your smile becomes the world. And the world desperately needs smiles these days.

I’ve been feeling quite scattered over the past few weeks. I feel like a car whose engine keeps stalling; I turn the key in the ignition and it sputters and coughs, grinds and whines, but won’t go. I’m stuck. But I am really trying. I promise. I’m trying to go forth, willingly participate in life, go to school, get a job, something, anything. But maybe I’m trying to move the pieces on the board when it’s really not my turn. Who knows?

But when I’m with my closest friends or with my wonderful family, I will always tell jokes, be funny, get them to smile as much as possible. Because I don’t like it when we get glum. How can I possibly enjoy myself when someone I’m sharing the room with is down and out? I’m compelled to do something about it. And if by chance I don’t succeed at least I tried.

If by chance I don’t succeed, at least I tried.

Roe Tip #2

Roe Tip #2: Read, Read, Read

As much as I hate to admit it, school made me hate reading. It really did. It became something I loathed doing; So time-consuming, never-ending, and then I’d have to write a paper about it? Gimme a break!

It was a shame too because according to my parents I was reading at two years old; Couldn’t get enough of it. My dad was teaching me Hooked On Phonics before I could even form sentences, so I got an early start. Reading was one of my favorite things to do. I even had a bunch of interactive reading computer games for my early 90s Mac computer that I had such a blast playing.

But over and over the repetition continued, from middle school to college, to the point that if and when I had any free time I’d spend it hanging out with friends, watching TV, playing video games – Anything, really. Reading for pleasure? Why would I even subject myself to that? I think I’ll take a nap.

But once I graduated college, a wave of freedom washed over me. Now I didn’t have to report to anyone. I wouldn’t be getting graded or judged on my analytical skills, vocabulary, or understanding of the material. Now I could choose what I wanted to read, for my own benefit – and report to no one! It felt so good to know that.

At the time, I was just getting into Joseph Campbell and all of a sudden I had a thirst for knowledge, a thirst to absorb more. I spent my entire summer reading (something I rarely ever did in the past), and haven’t slowed since.Photo on 2014-11-23 at 16.59 #4

So check out my “Book Club” tab above where you can see what I’m reading now, what I’ve read, and what I look forward reading in the future. Check out some of books at your local library, go to Barnes and Noble or your local bookstore! Commit and be glad you did.

Reading keeps my mind sharp, seems to improve my writing skills, and has allowed me to continue my education even though school is no longer in session.

I think learning new things is so refreshing, especially when it can help you better yourself and the way you live your life.

Positive vibes +++