Recently, I noticed something that I have felt before but have long forgotten. I noticed that I could smile involuntarily. I do not even need to feel like smiling but I will still smile and THEN when I realise I am actually smiling involuntarily I feel like really smiling!
It is when it is so sunny that you have to squint, and when I squint, I do a little smile as well (I am sure you do to). Lift your face towards the sun, squint even more and really smile!
It is when it is a bit windy so that you have to squint against it, and you will surely smile.
I love walking on a sunny, windy day and smile without smiling that makes me smile!
I can imagine that funny face I have: lifted chin to the sun, narrow, almost closed eyes and a little smile… It is like when you stand on the edge of the cliff, looking into the ocean against the wind and the sun.
I hope I get to stand on the edge of a beautiful cliff and give the ocean a smily look this year. Wish you squinty smiles for smiles!
How often do you look up into the sky? I do that very often.
I always look up if I hear a plane coming by, I guess that is a habit from my childhood, when we played a game “spot a plane first”.
I look up to see a red sunset or what type of white clouds are up there today.
I look up to see whether that rain will stop soon.
I look up during the night hoping to see stars or moon.
I look up to feel the space, the vastness of the space, the hugeness of the Universe and be in awe.
I come from a flat place in Siberia where space is in abundance. I miss that feel of freedom when there is space, when you can look far, when your eyes rest on that distant horizon and there are no constrains for a view. That is why I like to look from above from things such as mountains, towers, hills, view points and of course, planes. That is also why I look up as there is no end to what is above us. I get goosebumps when I think about that infinity.
Do you often catch yourself pressing imaginary Ctrl+Z when something falls from your desk, or when your have written something wrong in your notebook, or when you have broken something? I do, so often! I wish things could be as easy to fix as that.
Another thing I do is taking my flat’s keys out of my pocket when approaching my office building, preparing…. like I could open the door. Ha! not that easy!
I also recently tried to press the open-button on my car keys trying to enter my flat. It made me laugh so much!!
Do you make funny faces to yourself in the mirror? or to others, randomly? I do!
My aunt once told me that she makes funny faces to herself in her bathroom mirror every morning and that stuck somewhere deep in my head. One day many years later I woke up and made funny faces to myself in the bathroom, smiled and felt great. Since that day I do it every time I look into a mirror or any other reflection of mine (train window, water surface, car window, etc). Maybe it is because I am not comfortable with my face and its seriousness and stillness in a mirror in general? Maybe it is because I expect to see someone else there every time and it is always a surprise, so I try to check if that is still me? Maybe I do it as I remember that my aunt made funny faces because it gave her a sense of happiness in the morning?
Once, when I was sad, my friend send me a collage with four funny-face-selfies to make me smile. Then all of my four school friends exchanged such funny face pictures and it was amazing! One of my friends also did one with her baby, trying to capture different emotions, and that one was the best mood lifter ever!
Few month ago I participated in improvisation workshop where we did a mirror exercise. Two people were asked to sit in front of each other and make all kinds of face movements. One person started leading the movement, while the other repeated everything, then we swapped leadership randomly. We were also allowed to make sounds. It was hilarious! Interestingly, after a while I did not know whether it was me who changed the face movement or my partner? It seemed that we two had one face and that face was the one of my partner! It felt like looking into a mirror. After a while I totally believed that it was my face I was looking at as it repeated all the movements I did. Extremely astonishing, weird and a little bit creepy, but enjoyable experiment.
I make funny faces to others as well (mostly friends) when I do not know what to say or I am anxious, uncomfortable about a silent moment or just feeling silly. I can pass some close colleague at work and acknowledge them with a funny face! They usually smile. I like passing people’s offices with a cartoonish moves and funny face. Maybe I am crazy, so what! (I hope I can feel that silly craziness all the time!)
Making funny faces to yourself and others is awesome! It makes me smile every time. I love being silly. Let’s be silly together, try it sometimes. You can start gently from your own bathroom mirror, and then, who knows, you might become the best funny face maker in the world and spread the silliness around 😛
Here are some of my classic funny faces from me to you and from me to me:
In Bergen there are those black birds with yellow beaks, they are amazing singers. Sometimes I wake up at 3 or 4 in the morning because they are singing so loud and beautiful, I must be awake for that!
Thanks for the Spring, that is coming soon, that brought those birds to life and made them sing for me…. not only in the night.