From Lisa: Do you remember life in America after 9/11? At first everything was heavy and dark and sad and rightfully so. All of the late night shows took two weeks off in respect of the loss of life. It was right for America to mourn and respect those who had lost family, friends and co-workers. It was a dark time. A time of shock and disbelief. At time of fear of the unknown and anger at the present situation. But after 2 or 3 weeks the comedians started to return to the televisions and stages. They were cautious and still very respectful, but they started to bring humor back in to our lives. They gave us back a little piece of hope, a sliver of light at the end of the tunnel. They reminded us that life was not always going to be this grey. In the privacy of our own homes we were able to laugh again and smile and feel happy, if only for a moment.
I am reminded of these times today, as America now walks through the Corona Virus Pandemic. Three days into quarantine and I already feel like I am losing my mind. I have continued exercise; reading; praying; learning; working and still I am on edge. Not knowing how long this will last has made me feel overwhelmed and sometimes hopeless. But this morning a friend sent me a video of a comedian, Darren Knight, “Southern Mammas Quarantined” and I literally laughed out loud for a good 15 minutes. I watched it over and over and shared it with friends. It felt so good to laugh and laugh hard, to let out all of the pent up frustration and anger associated with recent events. It was renewing and refreshing to not be so serious, not be focused on sickness, death and the fear of catching the virus.
It reminded me how much we need to smile. How much we need to share our funny stories of surviving quarantine, if for no other reason but to laugh at ourselves and realize how many of us are in the same situation. Thank you to all of the funny people out there. Keep it up. Keep posting and sharing your funny stories. Please help all Americans as we walk through the unknown. Help us release those endorphins and along with it some of the immense stresses we are feeling.
Laughter could quite literally get us through this pandemic!