Life gets to you in any way, whether you’re young or you’re old. We all face trials and challenges in life. And with the fast-paced digital and hectic life we lead these days, it’s not really surprising why a lot of people wanted to unwind and travel to various places.
People all have their ways of coping with whatever is happening in their lives right now. Some do it through watching movies, binge-watching series on Netflix; some go out to exercise and meditate, some listens to their favorite K-Pop tunes, and others go for a fun night attending a stand-up comedy show -which I did last Friday.
A TGIF night is supposed to be fun. It’s the last day of the work week (for most of us) and we can have a good time and relax for the tiring work days. I usually spend my Friday nights going home to binge-watch either anime series or K-dramas. But last Friday, I attended a stand-up comedy night for the first time for a change. That night, I met none other than Ms. Lynn Ruth Miller, the 85-year-old comedienne.
She recently held her show titled, “Barely Standing” last October 19 at the Union Jack Tavern in Makati, where she had Aldo Cuervo to host and the Pilipinas Got Talent ventriloquist Ruther Urquia as the front act. The event was organized and promoted by Happy Happenings (HA HA).
Miller told her life story and adventures through jokes and songs. It was an intimate night, and even if it’s a stand-up comedy show, I felt like I’m really learning more about who she really is. She is one of the world’s oldest comedienne, and I can’t help but wonder about her adventures and experiences in life.
With the hectic life, traffic, unhealthy lifestyle, and competitive environment we live in today, I doubt I can even live as long as she lived. I might never become 85, but I sure learned a lot of things from the wisdom of an 85-year-old.
It’s never too late to pursue what you love
Miller might have been in her 80s now, but she never started young in her career as a comedienne. Before being a comedienne, she was a newspaper columnist, writer, and tutor. She didn’t even start her career as a comedienne until she was 71, and she’s having the time of her life. Using the medium she loves, she imparts empowering messages to her audience that I can relate to
As a person in my early 20s, I really don’t know where life will take me, and I am not sure if the path I am taking is the path that I should be. Nothing is certain except from the fact that I really love what I do and I am happy that I have this opportunity. One day, I might wake up realizing this career is not totally cut out for me, but what I’m doing now, pursuing the job that I like, I am satisfied.
‘Laughter is the best medicine”
Miller has her own way of storytelling which may have come from her wit and experience as a columnist and writer; she has her ways in effectively telling stories and engaging her audience. I could not even believe my eyes when she tossed items to the audience and we all couldn’t help but laugh.
Before going to the event, I have a lot of things in mind that stresses me out. But in the brief hours that I just relaxed and enjoyed her show, I just let myself go and laugh all I want without having to worry about my problems for a moment. Miller has the power to make people entertained and happy, perhaps it comes with age, but I’m happy that she became a comedienne to spread laughs for her audience.
Lynn Ruth Miller giving the best show
Most people her age have already passed away, were being cared for in nursing homes, or staying and resting in their houses. But Miller is not your ordinary grandma. She has tours and shows (and in the case here in the Philippines, her shows were held in the evenings) where she tirelessly performs for her audience. In her shows, she’s putting the best foot forward to entertain her guests well.
She is living to make people happy and appreciate life better through her jokes and anecdotes. She attempts to give her best show every time she performs. And that hit me. If this old Lola managed to give her all in her performances, why can’t I?
Most people won’t be taking stand up comedy seriously because of a lot of reasons, but she did it anyway. She inspired me to give the best that I’ve got in whatever I do, and because I’m still young, I’ve still got a lot of chances to give my best and improve.
Can you relate to these life lessons? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!