If there is one thing in life that I enjoy is a laugh .. I like to laugh, I like to make people laugh .. I have met so many friends through laughing and it is always a joy to meet up with them and laugh our heads off.   Last weekend I went to Leeds and I literally could NOT move for laughing .. in the end I had to ask Twanky, Karen, Viv and Laurel to stop!  It was just one of those really nice and easy weekends, good friends, good food, good wine and good laughs.. what weekends should be all about.

There have been times in my life where it has been hard for me to laugh .. we (or most of us) have all had the heartache of the break up of an affair (and boy does that cut to the quick) and I went through a very huge blow to my pride when I lost my first business and home .. BUT through it all I had friends in the background who stood by me, let me fall to pieces and then let ME pick myself back up again .. it was a long road and during those days I had very little to laugh about.

Now, 5 years later, I am a director of a successful small recruitment agency and looking back the hard, bad times were tough, but now they are a time that I am GLAD I experienced.  I learned so much about me, about my attitude and about what I want out of life.. and the results were quite surprising! but … the most important lesson I learned .. no matter how bad and dark my days were .. something that made me laugh lifted my spirits and made things seem OK.. even if just for a short period.

I know I sometimes over use “humour”, it is my defence mechanism, sometimes I am misunderstood with it .. and have to dig myself out of very big holes.. (whoops!).. when I was younger I was actually quite shy (yup .. I know .. unbelievable eh!) well .. actually no .. my humour hid the fact I was self consious and shy ..

Now it is a very different matter, I use humour because it “amuses me” (grin!) .. I love to laugh and my outrageous behaviour is no longer down to covering my shyness or self conciousness .. it is because I AM being outrageous .. simply because I can be <grin>

As Mohammed Ali said “there is no shame in going down, the shame is in staying down”