Wednesday, November 14, 2012

My Happy Place

Have you ever been to a funeral of a person that you've never met?  Well, I just did--on purpose.  It was a clown funeral.  Yes, you read that right.  I can't really explain it, but if you know me then maybe it would make sense.  I'm 36 years old and I went to a clown funeral and it was probably the best funeral that I've ever been to.

When I was a kid, I used to go home after school and plop on the couch to watch a show called Happy's Place.  I think that as a kid I was mesmerized by talented entertainers. When I say talented, I mean jugglers, unicyclers, dancers, magicians, and stunt performers.  Just the other day I was showing kids videos of Felix Baumgartner and Evel Knievel   Creativity is an art form.   When you're able to creatively draw kids to you, then you have an opportunity to teach.

At the life celebration, several people spoke about Mike Fry (aka Happy the Hobo) and how he influenced them.  Here was a guy whose self proclaimed job wasn't to be a clown or inventor, but to "make smiles".  It touched home for me.  Life really is all about the people and relationships you build.

What made me drive nearly 4 hours to go to the life celebration of a man that I've never met?  It had to be his energy.  His message.  And his positive outlook on life.  
Wake up and have fun.  When you have fun, kids have fun.  I guess my reasoning for writing this post is that without even realizing it, I was influenced by a person whose mission in life was to make people smile.