People Are Too Serious!

My brother moved to Thailand almost two years ago.  Since he has been there he has learned a lot about Thai culture, customs, and beliefs.  The other day he told me that his girlfriend thinks he is very serious.  “Cool!” I replied thinking that women must like guys who are serious.  “Not cool.”  He corrected me with an explanation that being serious in Thai culture is a bad thing.  People should be light hearted, carefree and not show a serious side.

This got me thinking, so I looked up the word “serious” in a thesaurus.  I was surprised with how many negative words are listed as synonyms:

Solemn, grave, somber, sober, stern, grim, dour, humorless, pre-occupied, critical, bad, terrible, dire ………  you get the point.

Seriously?  Is being serious that bad?

What about being in a serious relationship or having serious amounts of fun?  What about taking your health seriously and being serious about getting into shape?  I plan on taking my golf swing more seriously this summer, and I am seriously considering learning how to ride a uni-cycle.

None of the above seem “grim” or “somber” to me.

Serious can also mean:  Earnest, sincere, wholehearted, genuine, committed, resolute, and determined.  I like these better.

I think we should take everything we do seriously!  We should be serious about our work, but when it comes time to slack off or relax or play, we should be serious about that too!  Who wants to be half hearted about playing?  Not me!  I want to be seriously goofy.  I want to seriously consider great music, poetry, and art.  I crave serious amounts of chocolate.  I am deadly serious about Frisbee golf.  I want to be serious about getting serious!

You might disagree with me on this topic but if you do, it is just because you are taking it too seriously.

    • Lucy
    • February 19th, 2010


    i agree! but then again…i probably do take everything too seriously! I think I’ve been doing better though ^_^

    • Lucy
    • February 19th, 2010

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh and thailand is AWESOME!!! I loveeeeee thai food!!!!!

    • Kris
    • February 19th, 2010

    Thank goodness you are serious about taking up the unicycle. My favorite comedian Demetri Martin has charted a decline in unicycle guy reproduction. They just aren’t hooking up like they used to.

    It’s serious.    

    • Ale Funes
    • February 19th, 2010

    😛 Joker had it right all along… ¨why so seriouse?!?¨ totally agree!! Greeting Timmy 🙂

    • JIM
    • February 20th, 2010


    • cristina simon
    • February 24th, 2010

    Then again Tim u are seriously unique and funny. Are you seriously considering being serious at some point?? Hahaha I seriously doubt it!
    Cristina simon

    • Anonymous
    • September 8th, 2010

    Hahaha Tim, Love your ending !!

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