My Husband Taught Me How to Laugh at Myself

I used to feel so insecure that when I said or did something stupid I just wanted to bury myself. One day when I was beginning to learn to laugh at myself, my husband was working in the garage. I went in to check his progress (I don’t remember what his project was) and I was so impressed. I said, “Good Job, Robby, I’m so awed!” He started to laugh! I thought he was laughing at me!!

I was hurt (which quickly turned to anger) and I stomped out of the garage.

I thought to myself as I stormed out, ‘I didn’t say, I am so odd!’ Over time, I realized my husband wasn’t laughing at ME, he was laughing at the funny thing I said! Looking back at it, I laugh! That really was funny!

Remembering that experience brought back other stories. I did the funniest things and now I laugh!

At college in Rexburg, Idaho I was walking through the snow to get home after class when I looked down and saw that my brand new cowboy boots were covered with snow. I thought, “I need to kick this snow off.” So, I lifted my right foot and kicked my left foot. I kicked with so much force that my left leg went right out from under me, landing all of me completely in the snow!

I was so embarrassed!

Today I find it funny, although then, I didn’t.

Tell me your funny stories in the comments below!!

Linda

About our Co-Founder: With a bachelors in Social Work, Linda is 53 years old, happily married with eight children and 17 grandchildren. Diagnosed with MS in 1995 and now having accepted and truly embraced her new reality, Linda has created MSrelief.com. She is dedicated to proving that joy can be chosen while living with Multiple Sclerosis. Linda specializes in helping others, especially those with MS attain the lifestyle, independence and happiness amid living with MS.

13 Comments:

  1. Hi Linda!

    Being able to laugh at ourselves shows our confidence in our beliefs and that we’ve actually embraced our faults and quirks, so there’s no need to apologise.

    It does take a strong character to bear the weight of scrutiny and self-mirth. Only by seeing ourselves through others’ eyes do we find flaws that missed our reflection in the mirror.

    Nice and honest look at yourself, Linda!

  2. How can one have MS without learning how to laugh at oneself. I tell my kids after supper to clear the table and put the dishes in the washing machine and talk the clothes out of the dishwasher and put them in the dryer. My kids just look at me and then my husband translates for me. It is only when I’ve asked my kids why they did not do what I said until my husband also told them to clear their plates and take care of the laundry. That they told me what I said and then I laughed and laughed and haven’t stopped laughing since.

    • Glenda~
      Yes! Laughter is great medicine! I am so thankful that I can laugh and I can tell you are too! I just read your comment to my 17 yr old daughter and we laughed together! She can totally relate!!!
      Linda

  3. Most days I can laugh at myself and luckily my husband is a good sport when I say something stupid and he laughs at me and I storm off angry. He knows I’ll come around and be able to laugh once I calm down. I get so frustrated when my brain and my mouth don’t cooperate and he understands that & knows I don’t get angry at him. The poor guy can’t keep up with my moods and I’ve gotten really good apologizing. When he can, he reads my blog to try and understand what I’m going through.
    http://multiplesclerosis120909.wordpress.com/
    I’m the luckiest girl in the world to have such an amazing partner.

    • I tell my husband all the time that every woman needs someone as awesome as him~ it sound like you got one! Like you, I am grateful to have someone to help me through!
      Linda
      ps. I can’t wait to read your blog!

      • He is definitely the best. And he came along at precisely the right time 🙂 Glad you’ve got a good one too. There are too many stories about how relationships go sour.

        • I’m so sorry for them! It’s a bummer when someone gets sick and the other can’t handle it – you know forgetting the for better or worse thing…
          I really enjoyed your post yesterday – but you’ve got to tell me your name! I mean it’s obvious you’re a warrior but…
          Find you joy,
          Linda

  4. It is really nice when you remember those memories. The ones that you don’t normally expect to be funny can sometimes bring happiness to your face and eventually turn your mood throughout the day to be good.

  5. Some may see it odd to laugh at ourselves but actually it lessens the anxiety that we have. I also had that experience when I was in high school. We were lecturing about sleeping beauty in one of our subjects. I was laughing alone and my teacher badly stared at me. She almost kicked me out of her class because I didn’t want to say what I was laughing at. I felt so embarrassed because my classmates thought I was going crazy. What they didn’t know was that I was laughing at sleeping beauty because she slept for a long time and she might have lots of gummy secretion on her eyes… That made me laugh and the thought about that made me laugh at myself. Women really think odd and do odd things at the same time. Guess we have lots of that especially during our childhoods. But because of those experiences we tend to love ourselves even more.

    • Mikaela,
      What a crack up! What a bummer that your teacher couldn’t give you the benefit of the doubt and just let you laugh! It sounds like you were imagining something similar to falling asleep in class and when you wake up there is drool dripping on to the desk!
      Linda

  6. Sometimes when someone laugh on us, we got angry, but we are not aware that the words that comes out to our mouth is really fine. And it only needs a time to realize that not all the time we have to be serious, we also have to laugh even if others may find it so odd. But it could help us know what’s about it.

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