Alexx wrote:In any case, I'd be interested to see what you think on the matter, and whether or not you've ever associated your interest in comedy with your interest in human interactions.
Huh, that is an interesting take. I've never really had any distinct interest in comedy at all, meaning I did not value it over other forms of entertainment. In fact, growing up I was really reserved and shy; the complete opposite of a class clown. When I would watch people, such as when my family would get together, I always felt like the wall flower or that I was observing the scene as if I was hovering above it instead of living within it. I would have that feeling pretty often and it often made me feel isolated or secluded from the group. My family is pretty lively but I was just...quietly watching them.
Out of high school and college I was still a lot like that. Working in my late teens and early 20s helped loosen me up from being so reserved, but I took myself way too seriously. I was really driven and valued a strong work ethic because of my dad. My family never had a lot of spare cash, and if I wanted games I had to buy them myself. So that meant working a lot from 12 and on with my dads plumbing business (it was just him and 1 helper). I always worked really really hard to be able to afford the stuff I wanted; I think that led to me not keeping very many friends because I was always working and my friends kinda drifted away.
Loosening up and not being so serious is still something I struggle with, honestly. I always feel like I'm in a race against time and I don't want to die feeling like I didn't "give it my all".
I do love to laugh though and I find a lot of things funny. I would watch my dad get angry at drivers on the road cutting him off or whatever and I would laugh at him. I would ask, "How do you know he isn't in an emergency? Maybe he just had someone pass away and isn't thinking clearly?" If he would get upset at missing a light, I would ask "What if missing the light prevented us from being in a crash later on?". I would always think about these myriad of possibilities and I guess that made me take things lightly.
I think being a guild leader and having a funny grandpa and lively family is what really sparked it in me. I love seeing people in a community laughing and having fun. My greatest memories are from people joking around and having fun. In that sense, I guess it would be easy to connect my interest in comedy to human interactions, because seeing other people laughing and enjoying themselves makes me really happy. I always felt, well, lets make stuff that makes us laugh and have fun and hope other will like it too. The greatest feeling with doing LiA is hearing that people laughed or smiled. Especially coming from a point where the economy sucks and a lot of things can feel shitty, I think being able to laugh, play and enjoy life is what is going to help us pick ourselves up by the bootstraps and work for something better.