Tomorrow is my favorite under-observed holiday, April Fools’ Day. Although I feel strongly about human rights, especially the right to health care, I think if I was going to write a manifesto, it would honor humor. Perhaps something like this:
I believe in the pursuit of hilarity. When it comes to wellness, laughter is better than an apple a day. Just in case I am wrong about this, I eat a lot of apples. I also believe in medicine, but I suggest taking a joke book along to survive time spent in the waiting room. If I needed a liver transplant, I would not turn it down hoping that I could laugh myself well. However, I hope I’d find ways to amuse myself without breaking open the stitches.
When I had hepatitis C, I laughed at it. Mirth lightened my liver load. It takes a bit of gall to poke fun at hepatitis. Now I have to be more careful, because laughing when you have hep C is okay; laughing when you don’t have it can be tasteless. Now I laugh at other things, such as getting old, which I am allowed to laugh at now that I am close to my Medicare years.
If you want to laugh some more, here’s a link to humor quotes, sent by a reader (thank you, reader).