I'm not sure if it's the time of year or if I'm just being super introspective lately, but I was watching videos from The Great Discontent and didn't know how to answer the questions they were asking. The Great Discontent (TGD) is “a journal of interviews focusing on creativity, risk, and what connects us as artists.” I don't necessarily identify 100% with the word “artist,” but do fall somewhere in the realm of creative individual with a background in advertising, marketing, product development and such. I suppose “artist” is however we define it.
TGD just released 3 videos called “Two Minutes with TGD” and I particularly loved this question and seeing the reactions. It's a question you may have asked yourself before, but the answers might change based on the day. Take a moment to watch:
- You don't need anyone's approval to do what makes you happy.
- You are strong and capable and beautiful.
- Don't be such a stick in the mud: go to parties!
- Stop looking down when you're walking through campus.
- You will eventually figure things out (kind of), but now is not the time to create your roadmap for life.
- Food does not numb pain.
- You are the only one who can define what success is.
Even though these are things I would say to my 18 year old self, they're also things I sometimes need to say to my 32 year old self. Stepping back to give yourself a reality check is a great way to quiet the voices and focus on what you really want to do.