A Break from all Seriousness

Snapchat gallery silly selfie

So, I recently discovered Snapchat, though I don’t use it for its intended purpose. I’ve never posted anything on the platform. Instead, I am using it as a five-minute break into absurdity, which has been a pretty good practice for me these days. It helps me retain a sense of humor despite the world’s constant drama, keeps me from taking myself too seriously, and as a bonus, it’s helping me amass a pretty awesome library of Alex-emojisβ„’.

So, in invitation to all of you to forget you’re an adult for a moment (and embrace the joy of being preposterous for the silliness of it) here’s some of my favorite “snaps.”

I’ve never been an overly “funny” person. I couldn’t make a pun to save my life, and it takes me a few years to get comfortable enough around someone to make jokes (especially since I tend to rely on shared memories as the punchline), but even so, it’s felt good to cut loose, not be shy in front of a camera, and make some silly faces.

What about the rest of you? Do you have a favorite way to be absurd and just let loose?

35 thoughts on “A Break from all Seriousness

    1. Totally worth it. I hate having my picture taken, but this is making me relax more about it, and I have a good, private laugh.

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      1. I hate, hate, HATE my pictures but I think selfies actually help if only because I’m in control of light, angle, etc. vs. what someone else thinks is an acceptable pic. Weird but there you go. πŸ™‚

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    1. I agree! I also binge-watch 90s TV shows, which seemed to not take themselves as seriously as current television. I always feel stressed after modern shows. Right now I’m rewatching Scrubs. πŸ˜›

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    1. It does have that effect. πŸ˜› I just like that the filters change everyday, though I don’t understand the platform’s function at all. I guess that makes me old now, haha.

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  1. These are hilarious!! It almost makes me want to try it … almost. I have enough distractions going on right now πŸ˜‰

    … unless of course I can load in someone else’s photo? Then my mischievous side can take wings πŸ˜‰

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    1. Oh, you can load in any photo you like, haha. Some of the filters let you do that, but not all of them. πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh, absolutely, especially with the year I’ve been having, haha. How is it only half over?! πŸ˜‰

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    1. One of my favorite things about being a kindergarten teacher is I could watch Goofy and Donald be silly every day when I felt like it. πŸ˜‰ I mean… of course it was for the kids. Of course.

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  2. Great photos. I have a bunch of those. Lots of great laughs making them with visiting relatives. My 3 yr old grandson is finally old enough to enjoy it too. Silliness and laughter are good for the body, mind, and soul. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the laugh!

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  3. I have a theory about why people don’t like photos of themselves even when other people do. We see ourselves in a mirror. Photos show us the mirror image of how we see ourselves, but the exact image our friends see. So to us, photos never look like us, yet that’s what we look like to the world.

    Guess we’d better get used to it, huh?

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    1. That’s actually a really interesting theory, and one that’s followed me around since you mentioned it. Made me want to flip a bunch of my pictures horizontally to see if my opinion of them changed… Haven’t done it yet, but I’m betting I’ll like the photos more that way! (Maybe that’s why selfies are more popular…)

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  4. Ha ha, those gave me a good chuckle, Alex. As for what I do to “cut loose,” I tend to act silly when geeking out with friends. Example: I can’t wait until the next time I see my friends who also watch the show Game of Thrones. We’re going to have a LOT to talk about, and I can’t tell you how absurdly excited I am for it. πŸ˜€

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    1. I hear something amazing happened at the end of the last season, but I wouldn’t know because I don’t watch it (I try not to watch shows until they’ve concluded completely, though it’s getting harder with all the shows that I want to watch lately…)

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  5. Well, this is an amazement.It’s not enough reason to purchase a smart phone and download the app, but it’s still fun to see. It reminds me of the fun houses we used to visit at the carnival — the ones with the mirrors that turned us into fat/skinny/twisted/elongated versions of ourselves.

    i tend not to be silly, but every now and then something comes over me. Even after a couple of years, a friend still brings up my spontaneous imitation of a bumble bee. We sat in the car laughing until the tears ran — there’s nothing quite so refreshing as that kind of humor.

    I tend not to be silly, but I surely do love puns, parodies, and limericks. I’m sometimes even inspired to leave blog comments in limerick form — it’s just such fun.

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    1. Oh yeah! They totally are like fun house mirrors! Good call. πŸ˜€ And I can understand the idea of the animal impressions. I once bleated like a sheep and my dad would have me do it at random moments for many years afterward.

      I enjoy limericks. They’re about the only form of poetry I can understand, though I know they’re not a true poetry form (more a riddle and poem baby).

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    1. Especially when nothing around you seems very funny, it’s important to create it for yourself. πŸ˜‰ It’s why I have so much respect for comedians.

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