A long time ago (well, it feels like a long time ago), a friend asked me, "How do you do that?"
"Do what?" I asked.
"That," she said, looking at me with a mixture of uncertain, confusion, and the smallest bit of hopefulness. "The way you just laugh about things."
"I just do," I said, not understanding the question. "Why?"
"I can't do that."
She looked a little bit sad, which I also didn't get, and I continued, "What do you mean? You just do it."
A couple of years later, life smacked me upside the head while simultaneously kicking me behind the knees and making me fall on my backside (figuratively speaking, of course), and I finally comprehended her question. For a long time, it was hard for me to be happy again, never mind get caught in an emotion and just laugh freely.
I don't know if I'll ever be that girl again, but I know that I'm slowly remembering how to be happy and enjoy my life once more.