Everyone should learn to do the fish face . I have dubbed myself the Founder of the Fish Face Movement. There is no “purpose” in doing the Fish Face – but it is fun, playful, and more likely than not, people break down in hysterical laughter.
At graduation 2 months ago, we were taking a group photo when the Professor yelled out, “One more, with Fish Face!” I cracked up.
After the excitement of the ceremony and dinner, as I sat on the hotel bed, exhausted, I murmured to Timmie, “You know, that’s what I will be remembered for – the Fish Face.”
The next day, as if remembering my dream-like conversation, I ecstatically announced, “My impact is the Fish Face! Everyone remembered and we took a photo with the Fish Face.” Basking in self-pride, I was slashed by a comment: “ Well, can you write that on your CV?” Perhaps I misperceived a hint of sarcasm in the comment, and switched on my automatic defensive mode, and proclaimed with a pout, “Of course!”
Dampened in spirit, I forgot about the incident.
But it haunted me.
The thought whirled in my head, and I questioned myself, “What good would the Fish Face do on my CV?”
A few days later, as I tried to explain my venture for playfulness, I had a self-enlightening moment. The CV did not matter. And even if it did, the Fish Face would reinforce my cause, because it was evidence of my influence and impact on a group of 35+ adults – evidence of playfulness, and more importantly, that they remembered it from a few months ago.
On reflex, most people do a fish face by sucking their cheeks in and pursing the lips. Nah-uh. Try blowing up your cheeks with air first, then open and close your lips while keeping your cheeks puffed up. Go on… try it!
That is my legacy, the Fish Face Movement.
Influence is influence, and my influence is to get people to have fun and be playful.
Every little bit counts.