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    E-zay: practice laughing at your errors.

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    For me it is letting go of preconceived notions about life and what to expect from it. There isn't anything to live up to, but instead just go about living. I always felt most serious when I felt pressured to be someone or accomplish some particular thing in order to be acceptable. It's easier to have simpler motivations, laugh at shortcomings, and accept oneself complete with failures and foibles.
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    For me it is letting go of preconceived notions about life and what to expect from it. There isn't anything to live up to, but instead just go about living. I always felt most serious when I felt pressured to be someone or accomplish some particular thing in order to be acceptable. It's easier to have simpler motivations, laugh at shortcomings, and accept oneself complete with failures and foibles.
    This is my rut! Though I seem to over-pressure myself and turn something small into a self esteem issue; Leading to depression or rage, depending on what the problem is or what EnType I decided to take on that day ()

    For me, jealousy and perfectionism are the two main hurdles too staying light. I've had some great 'ENFP Days' where nothing mattered as much. Sure things needed to be done, but I didnt agonize over them.

    Its an energy thing I guess. When I have high energy, I can live a lot easier and more positive. On bad days I sink into my mind and its kind of like rolling around through life in a hamster ball.

    I bet everyone has similar days anyway
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    It's not so much taking yourself less seriously as in making time where you can relax and be silly. Be serious where you need to be, and for the trivial, don't sweat it. What I usually do is go try or learn something completely different from your work. Since it's in no way in relations to your competency at your job, you can just do whatever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluemonday View Post
    I don't know if you can learn how to do this, or even if it's desirable. I see absurdity in almost everything, I don't look for it, it's just there. It's related to cynicism - which is not a desirable trait. In good humour it makes me laugh, in bad it makes me irritable. In either, I can't take most things, including myself, seriously.

    I hope you appreciate how difficult it was for me to give you a serious answer.
    Agreed for the most part, except that I think it's definitely desirable. I think learning to take yourself less seriously starts with realizing the absurdity of the larger world around you. It takes a bit of perspective, which is generally lacking when you take yourself too seriously. For this reason, I think it's hard to think like that if you're not naturally inclined to. But absurdity is everywhere and capriciousness abounds. If you understand those things, you'll avoid creating too many expectations about the results of your personal decisions and actions, and that's the heart of not taking yourself seriously.
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    Oh, I'm a total goofball until someone else doesn't take me seriously. Then watch out.

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    Viewing things in a large perspective and relating to the "big picture" can help one take things less seriously.

    Getting hung up over little things can seem quite absurd, then.

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    A high school friend used to say, "Who's going to care in 20 years?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jae Rae View Post
    A high school friend used to say, "Who's going to care in 20 years?"
    Yes.

    Except, let's not care right now.

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