Laugh Loudly & Proudly


I was casually talking to my mom the other day and she said “last night I heard you and junior laughing.” This was at about 1:30 in the morning and, for someone who wakes up at 4:30 in the morning to go to work, you would expect annoyance to be her natural reaction. This was her initial reaction to our late night boisterous sounds, but then she followed up this feeling with the thought “Oh, but they’re laughing,” bringing an immediate smile to her face. She continued by saying that seeing us happy (or, in this case, hearing us be happy) made her happy, so she ended up not being annoyed or mad at all.

This is the kind of family I was raised in. A family that values joy, happiness, and laughter. A family that loves to enjoy life. A family that loves to laugh and make others laugh with them. It’s no wonder why my siblings and I have such grand and distinct laughs. We’ve spent a lifetime perfecting our laughter by finding the humor in little things, the big things, and really anything.

Honestly, laughter is a beautiful thing. To experience a genuine laugh is amazing and I encourage everyone to do it as often as possible. Expressing your undeniable sincere satisfaction with your present situation is something to be proud of. So laugh as long as you want, as often as you want, and as hard as you want. Laugh loudly. Laugh proudly. Laugh unapologetically… Because that laugh is an expression of your joy and there is no reason why you should feel the need to hide that joy. Don’t be embarrassed. Don’t be ashamed. If anything you should want to share your laugh in order to spread and share your happiness with the world. Use your laugh as a tool to make others happy. Use your laugh as a tool to keep yourself happy. No matter what you’re doing just remember to laugh loudly and proudly.


About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

2 responses »

  1. I read your page but I don.t usually reply just to let you know my mind flew to your home… I could see your mom just as you described her and I lived that moment with you so real thank you and I love you

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