Sometimes when I’m making a video, I realize that I’m forcing myself to have a unique opinion on a topic when, in fact, it isn’t an honest opinion….it’s just me searching for something interesting to say. That’s OK, I guess, but I’ve been trying not to do it as much.
Sometimes I’m not interesting. I like science fiction books and taking pictures and watching the same TV shows as everyone else. It’s exhausting to try and make every single part of your existence interesting. I hereby give myself permission to be boring.
I feel that way about designing a lot. I think it’s part of being creative- there’s this constant need to come up with new ideas but that pressure only comes from within. And ultimately you have to accept that being like everyone else isn’t a bad thing sometimes. It just means you’re human and can’t fire on all pistons all the time.
Oh yeah, the very worst things I ever designed were when I was like “I’m so sick of how everybody does things…I want to do something really NEW!” And then I do something that no one else would ever do…
…because of how terrible it is.
I find an incredible value in integrity, especially when it comes to disseminating information to a large group. Occasionally people need to be reassured that having an average, everyday perspective on a topic is totally okay, so long as that is their genuine opinion. Often times there are incredibly polar, dichotomous viewpoints out there than don’t allow for middle-of-the-line impressions, leaving people who otherwise had made up their mind to all of the sudden shrug their shoulders in uncertainty. There is far too much to question in the world for us to also be questioning what we believe to hold true. Sticking to our guns is what makes us the unique individuals we are, even if sometimes that aligns with the popular opinion.
it’s that you will be so much happier and productive and joyful if you surround yourself with people who treat the world like their oyster, people who say Yes, people who see a problem as a challenge to be solved and not a detriment to progress. I became a much better person when I stopped spending energy on the apathetic, indifferent, the shallow, and instead inserted myself into situations with people who cherish the joy of life.
I’ve just gotta keep telling myself that I’m not going to answer all of my biggest questions and solve all of my deepest anxieties at four in the morning