Midnight is long gone.
Maybe you’ve crowded around a kitchen table pasting construction paper onto poster board, squirreled into sleeping bags on a cold basement floor, or drinking cold coffee and leaning over laptops before tomorrow’s big deadline (Oy. We’ve all been there).
Either way, it’s time to face facts: you’re up way too late.
Your eyes burn a bit, your head spaces out, random arms or legs start throbbing, and maybe your scalp gets really, really, really, really, really itchy. The point is my friend, you’ve ignored your body’s Go to Sleep signals for hours now. So much so that you’re currently hunched over Quasimoto-style, trying to remember if it was toothpaste or hemorrhoid cream you put on your toothbrush just now.
But don’t worry.
The good news is your brain has developed just the system to charge you up with extra juice to help power you through. Yes, we’re talking about massively lowered standards of hilarity which help make everything, well, ridiculosly funny. Someone steps on the styrofoam Jupiter from your science project, kicks a can of Coke onto the late-night pizza you’ve been noshing on, or accidentally deletes the Powerpoint slides you’ve spent the last five hours creating but suddenly, everyone looks up at each other with tired raccoon eyes and…just starts cracking up.
Late-night laughing is a beautiful moment because we’re letting ourselves stand up and step back from whatever’s keeping us up. Gone are the stresses of the group project, the hanging dread of the looming deadline, and the tensions tying us together. The differences dissolve and we realize we’re all apart of the same bleary-eyed giggling clan–telling bad jokes, laughing until it hurts and smiling until sunrise.