“The doctor gave me a relaxation cassette. When my blood pressure gets too high, the man on the tape tells me to say ‘serenity now! “ For those of you who are well versed in the world of Seinfeld, these words might seem hauntingly familiar. For the remaining portion of the population who are still sitting there scratching their heads, this was a coping mechanism that the awkwardly harmonious gaggle of characters from the hit TV series used to get them through particularly challenging moments. Rather than facing life’s trivial frustrations head on, it was recommended that you simply rise above the particular annoyance, and calmly repeat “serenity now”. As luck, and crowd pleasing orchestration would have it, the entire thing ended up back firing, sending the characters into a complete stage 5 meltdown. To quote, in the words of Lloyd Braun, “Serenity now, insanity later.”
Yada, yada, yada. So why is it that I’m choosing to grovel over a fleeting moment in television history? Well, for starters, I have always been surrounded by people who appreciate the act of finding humour in the obvious. The characters in Seinfeld were notorious for quickly pointing out the shallow and almost irrational observations in everyday occurrences. I grew up watching these sketches, and as I got older, I even found myself relating to many of the situations that were portrayed in the show. I often find myself faced with adverse and ridiculous scenarios where I feel like George Costanza, Elaine Benise, Kramer or even Jerry… Struggling to understand how and why people operate in the way that they do. Finding humour in an otherwise mundane, annoying or ordinary circumstance, I’ve realized, is impulsively in my nature and I can’t help but channel my inner Jerry Seinfeld by fixating over the details of how human beings operate. Human nature is honestly one of the most simultaneously complex yet predictable functions that I will be forever intrigued by. But, the question remains… Is there more to life than making shallow, fairly obvious observations? Yes.
Circling back to the beginning of this entry, Serenity Now – total and complete, hilarious fiction. The truly relevant point of this is, although there’s far more to life than a 30 minute episode focused entirely on whether or not it’s appropriate to eat a half eaten eclair out of a garbage bin, or the severity of a red dot on a cashmere sweater… We can take a page out of the book of Seinfeld and remember to carry a light heart with us each day. Don’t let the ever evolving and sometimes challenging world get you down, but instead, take each hurdle as an opportunity to smile and see the humour in the ordinary.