I think we all have a person out there who we’re not necessarily close to but they’ve effected our lives. Usually more than the other person ever realizes. Back in November 2012, I wrote the blog post called “The Power Of Laughter.” I talked about going to see my favorite comedian, Mike Polk. I mentioned last time that was so excited that he knew my name from my comments on Facebook and he called me witty, me witty?! I got my picture with him and it made my night! I also said that I probably won’t see him in person like this until awhile after my January surgery. Sure enough I was correct, I saw is comedy troupe in March but didn’t get to see him since it was at a bigger venue. However this past Friday he was preforming 15 minutes from my house at the same venue that he did back in November. I knew I had to go because I’m starting my new job on the 10th and I will be working in the evening so I knew that I needed to go now because it might be awhile before I could go again. I decided to bring a copy of the picture we took last time and I figured he could autograph it for me. I’ve lost over 50 lbs since I had seen him last so I figured it would be cool to bring the photo and show him. After the show I went up to him and said I’m not sure if you remember me or not and once again to my amazement he said of course and threw his arms around me giving me a huge hug. He said that he saw that I was coming from a comment on Facebook and was glad I could make it. I pulled out the picture and told him that I had lost weight since last time and I asked him if would sign the old picture for me and that I wanted to take a new one. What he added to the picture with his signature means more to me than he’ll ever realize. He wrote “I can’t wait to see what’s left of you next time.” We got a new picture which I’m absolutely in love with and next time (whenever that may be) I will have him sign that one and take another one. I want to do this until I reach my goal.
You may say to yourself why do these words effect you so much. Well Mike Polk and his comedy helped bring me out of a very dark place. Because of his videos that I found accidentally online I did something that I hadn’t done in years, laugh. For so long I lived a life where I was blank all the time, I had no emotions. No crying, no laughing. My husband and I found a video of his on a website having to do with cats ad the fact that cats are “dicks.” That is my husband’s sort of humor. We watched his video just like we watched the others posted, but his was hilarious. I had laughed harder than I had in a very long time. Luckily his website was listed at the end of the video so we went to his website and on YouTube. We founds tons of videos by him and they were all hilarious. I was also excited to find out that he was in Cleveland, 45 minutes away from me! My husband and I started going to his shows and I started to come out of my shell and began to show emotion again. Comedy has also been a great de-stresser for me. Back in November I was really happy that he knew my name but this past Friday night the fact that he once again remembered me, hugged me, and left me with some kinds words of encouragement really effected me, a lot. It was a boost to keep working hard, harder than ever before. Because I want to come to him some time in the future and show him what’s left of me. I am glad to have accidentally stumbled upon him, been able to see him perform several times and meet him twice now. I am someone who believes that people appear in our lives for a reason. I am thankful for the power of laughter and the fact that it helped bring me out of very dark place. I am thankful for Mike too.
“I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful.” ~Bob Hope