I was watching Liza Minnelli on “Inside the Actor’s Studio” tonight and she had a great quote about her life with Judy Garland that I think also applies to this blog:
” She re-wrote things. You can go through something horrendous and the next day, she would be telling someone what we went through, and it was hilarious. She infused it with humor and slowly but surely you remembered it that way, not the way it really was….She taught me you can re-write memories. You know what I mean? What the hell, you are the one who has to live with them. Re-write them!”
I’ve tried to take Judy Garland’s advice….
The ability to transform life through humor is indeed a gift, and a great coping mechanism to work with. I think some of the most troubled and unhappy people I know have never been able to release their death-grip on their past. There is always a different angle from which to view life, and making it from the slightly absurd slant isn’t a bad way to go.