People say that what we’re all seeking is a meaning for life. I don’t think that’s what we’re really seeking. I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive… ~Joseph Campbell
Do you ever look at yourself or your life and feel you’re just not measuring up? Are you too hard on yourself? Do you wish you could be more carefree?
No matter what we do to have a more positive outlook, sometimes doubt and insecurity creep up and steal our joy. When this happens, we look around and it appears that everyone else has it right or better, and we’ve got it wrong. Our shortcomings need tending to, and fast. We get overly focused on what’s “wrong” with us, put off delight, and wonder why we have to try so hard when it seems like others don’t. It’s a lousy place to be.
Last time I felt like this, I read the silliest quote from a professional clown. It put an instant smile on my face and immediately brought back the light-heartedness that had been missing from my life.
In the words of Wavy Gravy, the clown:
“We’re all bozos on the bus, so we might as well sit back and enjoy the ride.”
Yup, that’s it. We’re all just bozos! Me, you, and everyone else, too!
So why take ourselves so seriously?!
We’re all bumbling along on that bus, the journey of life, trying to figure it out on the way. Each one of us is making plenty of mistakes. We’re all complete with insecurities we’d rather be without and shortcomings we’d prefer no one see. That neighbor that seems so together? She’s just a bozo. That guy you admire and you wish you could be more like? Well, he’s a just bozo, too!
Why waste time trying to be perfect? Stop being so hard on yourself. Why care about what the next bozo thinks? How about trying less and living more…
Let’s just be ourselves for a while. Stop delaying life’s delights until you’re somehow improved. Give yourself a break, and give the next guy one, too. Let’s be fully human, in all our imperfect glory. Relish in it. Be carefree. Lighten up, give your inner bozo the reins, and experience the joy of being alive:
- Make a mistake
- Let the people you love make mistakes
- Try something new
- Be the butt of a joke
- Wear it
- Smile at everyone
- Laugh at yourself
- Go out anyway
- Get dirty
- Sing off-key
- Make a mess
- Dance a little
- Say it
- Skip in front of people
- Fall down
- Do something backwards
- Laugh at someone else
- Do it wrong
And realize that we’re all really just the same…
Bozos on the bus. Imperfect. Flawed… and Beautiful.