I pretend to be a pessimist. I enjoy and utilise sarcasm rather indiscriminately, I laugh cynically at Awkward Family Photos and People of Walmart, and can always be counted on to point out what could happen.
But it's all a front. I'm a shining optimist underneath that darkened cloak of pessimism, and sometimes laughter gives me away.
My favourite funny moments are the times when no one else is laughing. This is quite possibly genetic. My faraway sister and I later found out we giggled out loud in the cinema during the same unintentionally hilarious line in the Twilight movie sequel New Moon.
And I also have some confessions to make. I laughed silently and unstoppably during a funeral once because one of the hymns we'd just sung struck me as incredibly inappropriate. Inadvertently, many years ago, I laughed out loud when regaled with a sad tale about a deer hunter's fatal fall from a tree stand. Recently, I laughed as we stood outside our house after realising we had locked ALL our house keys INSIDE the house.
Because sometimes you just have to laugh at life.
Well, you don't have to, but I choose to.