Sad Clowns

You know what they say about clowns being the saddest people on earth?

I first heard about it in secondary school and back then I did not know why clowns are the saddest people, and to be honest, till today I don’t think I have fully understood what it meant.

I think a lot of it have to do with the expectation of always making people laugh. People look at clowns expecting to be entertained, expecting to get their funny bone tickled, and expecting not to be let down. Clowns have a heavy responsibility to make their audience laugh.

Perhaps that is why deep inside, clowns feel empty. They are the ones always making people laugh but nobody is there to make them laugh.

I understand it this way because I feel this way.

I know I can be someone that people always turn to for advice and encouragement. I can be quite a good listening ear. I am sensitive to the needs of others and I can tell them what they want to hear.

That said,
Someone who constantly encourages others is probably the most discouraged,
For he does not know how to encourage himself.