A few years ago someone sent me a link to a YouTube video of a man in his mid-fifties singing karaoke. He was way off key and he was dancing and waving his arms all over the place. It was an awful video and quite embarrassing. Clearly he didn’t care about being embarrassed. He was enjoying himself. His care-free enthusiasm just made you smile.
But the reason the video had gotten any attention at all was because the very next day that man found out he had terminal cancer. Once that narrative sunk in, the man didn’t seem so foolish after all.
We all need to be more like that man. His clown-like antics highlighted the importance of living each day like it was your last and chasing happiness at every opportunity. This means not caring what others think about you when you’re just being you. We need to live life as if it were a competition for happiness.