Woe Is Me

Sadness

It was just a matter of time. I knew this day was coming. I have pushed it to the limit, and now I am paying the price: my sense of humor is gone.

The Search

I’m not sure when it happened. Maybe it was sometime in between Christmas and New Year’s Eve when everyone sings that song about forgetting all your troubles.  Yeah, I bet that was it.  I bet it was that song.  Good. Now I have something to blame. But I don’t know where I lost it.  I have looked everywhere – no luck. And even trying to find it is sheer lunacy because, after all, what does a sense of humor look like?  A banana peel? A pie? A mirror? (That’s too deep.  I am getting a headache).

Grim Realization

I don’t know how I lost it. I suppose it could have been stolen; but that would mean that somebody else is all-of-a-sudden funny, and I haven’t noticed any funny people around here lately. Maybe I just misplaced it for a while.  Maybe it got tossed away with all the holiday trash because I didn’t take enough time out to enjoy the holiday as much as I should have.  Maybe I wasn’t paying enough attention to life, so now this happens.

Oh, this is severe alright. It’s gone. I know this to be true because everybody notices a person who tries to be funny and can’t.  That’s why the professionals call it “bombing.”  Bombs are never subtle.

There I was talking to a friend and I said a witty line: nothing.  No laugh.  No reaction. I tried to let it roll off my back, but I couldn’t. This is me.  This is who I am. Everybody says it: “You’re so funny,” “You have such a unique sense of humor,” “You owe me twenty bucks and I want it by Tuesday.”  (See, I told you I’m not funny anymore).

What Does this Mean?

I suppose I will have to be serious all the time now.  No more play on words, one-liners, or knock-knock jokes. I suppose this means that I will lose all my friends now and have to start over, because everyone expects you to be funny all the time and they notice it if you’re not.

I suppose it could be worse. At least my family is sticking by me – for now – although I keep getting asked “Are you okay?” a lot.  It’s embarrassing.  Maybe I will have to fake a temporary brain tumor in the comedy part of the brain until this blows over.

Plea

I have a favor to ask of you.  If you do see my sense of humor, please send it to me as soon as possible.  It’s am emergency: I am staring down the barrel of a seltzer bottle.  That’s how desperate I am.

SIMLE?

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About Joe

Freelance designer and writer whose goal is to help others by writing about my experiences with fear and anxiety (agoraphobia), health struggles (cancer) and my wonderfully-happy life as a husband and stay-at-home dad. I want to empower everyone to have a happy life.

7 responses »

  1. JOE— I LOST MY SENSE OF HUMOR WHILE I WAS SICK FOR SEVERAL WEEKS— BUT IT FINALLY CAME BACK— NOT SURE WHERE IT WENT— BUT IT IS BACK– IT JUST SLIPPED UP & GRABBED ME AGAIN !!!! I HOPE YOURS COMES BACK & GRABS YA LIKE MINE DID!!!!

  2. Reblogged this on sondasmcschatter and commented:
    JOE— I LOST MY SENSE OF HUMOR WHILE I WAS SICK FOR SEVERAL WEEKS— BUT IT FINALLY CAME BACK— NOT SURE WHERE IT WENT— BUT IT IS BACK– IT JUST SLIPPED UP & GRABBED ME AGAIN !!!! I HOPE YOURS COMES BACK & GRABS YA LIKE MINE DID!!!!

  3. twrightlove says:

    Knock, knock. Who’s there? Broken pencil. Broken pencil who? Never mind it’s pointless. Lol. And it’s just a setback for a major comeback. Maybe it’s frozen and needs to thaw…polar vortex ha-ha

  4. I think I can see it in between your words. 🙂

  5. commakazes says:

    Your sense of humor just called me. It is taking a badly needed vacation and will be back soon. Until then you can slip into your fat pants and watch the three stooges marathon with a bag of fritos and a side of peanut butter cups. You’ll be the first to know when it comes home.

    ~ Debbie

    Date: Sat, 11 Jan 2014 22:18:49 +0000 To: debbiehough@hotmail.com

  6. Jim says:

    I like how you made me smile and chuckle a couple of times on this one, Joe. Maybe your SOH wasn’t lost, just working under an alias right now? Thanks for this one!
    Jim

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