Last night I did a show for about a thousand people. They were great. A handful of them were staring at me like I was a painting, but all in all they were receptive. After the show a man came up to me and said, "you were fantastic, you remind me of my daughter. She was incredibly smart, beautiful, funny." I thought about his words, "she was". I didn't want to ask what happened. He proceeded to tell me that his daughter died suddenly about a year and a half ago. I felt sick to my stomach. I thought, "how is he even talking to me right now? How can he let go of his pain and laugh?" We spent the next ten minutes talking about how important laughter is. We talked about the healing power of letting go and seeing the humor in everything we can. Life can be so hard for so many people. People are really struggling, dealing with depression, anxiety, loss, etc. Let's all take some time to look at what we DO have. Let's be grateful today. Try to laugh. Try to do something silly. Try to truly let go. #alwaysbesilly
After my show tonight I talked to a woman who had never been to a comedy show before. I saw her laughing the whole time. She came up to me and said, "can I hug you?" I said, "of course". She proceeded to tell me that she lost her child last year to cancer and has been suffering horribly. She told me she never laughs. She said, "Jessica, I really didn't realize how crucial laughter was, until tonight. I have been so beaten down and sad that I couldn't see it. I felt like I needed to stay in what happened to me and not in what could help me let go of some of this pain." I totally got it. It made total sense to me. I told her this was a turning point. She can't change what happened to her, but she can change her response to it. We are not supposed to suffer and stay stuck. We are supposed to move on and help others. I really feel like everything happens for a reason. A lot of times I have no idea what that reason is but I do know that I have tried to use my pain and sadness to help others. She was a loving woman with a beautiful soul. She ended up telling me that she was always the class clown and she wanted to try to do stand up one day. How beautiful is that? It's possible to move on. Stay connected, talk about your pain, stay grateful, and do whatever you can to help others. I will pray for her and everyone else that feels stuck. It always gets better. Have hope and spread love and kindness. Always remember to be silly.