You will know from my blog, I consider myself a die-hard stand up comedy fan. Loving comedy as I do, I know my life would be a slog without the thought of a smile and laughs I get from my daily dose of comic cheer. However, as much as it is one of things that helps me to keep cheerful no matter what that day decides to throw at me, I think it has also helped provide some good lessons that I can see apply in our daily lives. How so? Well, let me explain:
Firstly, as an avid comedy fan, I know how a stand up has to get themselves out there and practice and gain experience, sometimes suffering a lot of abuse and ridicule as they develop and fine tune their skills in the art of stand up. Basically, they have to be prepared to suck and to be told they suck! This is a good lesson for us all that if something is worth having or worth doing, we must be prepared to work hard, suffer rejection and not give up in the pursuit of our dreams.
Another good lesson from stand up is that despite hard work, some efforts will go to waste. For example, when it comes to writing for stand up comedy, the advice is to write, write and write some more. Be prepared to accept that from all this effort, the majority of it will not be good enough and you will reject it and move onto to develop other ideas. I’ve realised this is a good example to us all that despite it seeming our efforts are going to waste, they all help us develop in the long run and therefore help in the pursuit of that long term goal.
Lastly, comedy has helped me struggle on sometimes through hard times. Stand ups are humans and have the same struggles many of us have in life, yet at the end of the day, they put a smile on their face and head on stage with the pure intention of making us laugh and help us forget our own problems. Thinking of how difficult this must be at times helps me overcome my own minor life difficulties and face the world with a smile.
Thinking about it, stand up comedy has done more for me than just giving me a laugh.