Growing Out Of It

I watch youtube videos. I, in particular, enjoy watching vlog, which is a type of homemade video that compiles bits and pieces of life that belongs to the videographer.

The reason why I watch vlogs not only is because of my curiosity in the unknown, but I also am interested in a level of realness and authenticity that costly produced shows just seem to be lacking. As someone, who is living in a city that is far from all of my loved ones, at times, I get the false impression that the youtubers, whose videos that I enjoy, can appear to be more like online friends, who speak the same language, think the same things, and encounter the same obstacles in life as I do. This is a strange kind of virtual connection, relatability, and association that I appreciate.

Everything is in a constant change. This is an undeniable reality that none of us can escape. Due to this fundamental truth, inevitably, we will lose interest in certain things that we used to embrace so wholeheartedly.

As I watch the growth of some youtubers and their channels, I find them all talk alike and lose a significant amount of their personal authenticity, once they have reached a level of massive success. Significantly reduced interesting compilation of life adventures and no more subtle self-serving promotion, vlogging has now become a lengthy ad, in which vlog audience is either being told to visit their latest main channel videos, to try out the products, manufactured by their business partners with coupon code provided, or to meet them in person at a business event nearby. These are the changes that may prove to be profitable in the eyes of these youtubers. But, in the opinion of some of their viewers, it is an unwelcome change of tactic that may cause the loss of viewership.

I am slowly losing connection to certain favorite youtubers and the miscellaneous things that they do, because they have changed.

Fineness

Fineness is in the details.

Although many in today’s world are worshiping grandeur of all kinds as the standard of sexiness and attractiveness; however, it is the fineness of the small and the delicate that continues to exude a level of intricacy and attentiveness that nothing grandiose possesses.

Grandeur isn’t indicative of true power and toughness. Fineness isn’t an unintended result of being small and delicate. Although many people are confused and mistaken by the superficiality of the both; however, Let’s not be one of them.

Define Coincidence

How is coincidence defined?

To me, it is a moment of random harmony. There are moments in life that we just happen to run into that someone, with whom we feel connected instantly. There are moments in life that we just happen to go past a scene, where randomly placed objects seem to work in harmony. Beauty of life is not all about forcing things to happen the way we have wanted. It is also about letting them unfold on their own terms.

Chemistry

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We meet countless people everyday. We smile at some. We shake hand with some. We become angry at some. We stay away from some. It is revelatory to learn just how important interpersonal chemistry is when it comes to our relationships. We seek familiarities in strangers, the abundance of which gives birth to friendships and the lack of which creates animosities.

Dance Freely

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In kindergarten, I used to dance a lot. As one of the ‘principle’ dancers throughout my kindergarten career, I was able to hold onto this admirable status as I progressed from one grade to another.

I loved dancing. But I didn’t know why. Now looking back on it, I’ve realized that my kindergarten dance made me feel free. It was genuinely a physical and emotional expression of my childhood innocence and purity. Now in my adulthood, the early innocence and purity have been replaced by various experiences and maturity. I no longer possess the exact untainted liberty as I once had in my dances. My awareness of others’ staring, of the acceptable behaviors of normality, and of the potential consequences, faced by a socially made outcast, has deprived me the willingness to move rhythmically.

See Through The Veneer

What is lacking in our world today? Some may say water. You may say good manners. He may say opportunities. She may say empathy. And I may say fairness. In our ordinary, nine to five type of world, it seems that a huge number of things that we consider to be scarce tend to be direct or indirect results of the lack of financial securities and stability. Imagine in a different world, where financial securities and stability are mostly guaranteed, what do people reside in it consider to be lacking in their own lives?

My answer is fame.

Although money remains a measurement of success in today’s overly-exposed world; however, in many cases, it is the fame that makes the wealthy feel successful. At a time, when celebrity or notoriety status is more and more synonymous with success, many famed personalities or aspiring ones are seizing all types of commercial opportunities to not only put their faces out there, but also to make some more bucks along the way. A win-win situation in their eyes. But in the eyes of the public, many of these fame and money-seekers can come across as bluntly funny, whose commercially driven and motivated honesty is there for the public to see.

Many of these famed personalities and money-seekers tend to sell us, the audience, short often. They think that we are innocent enough to believe when they declare that a moisturizer is sufficient to erase all the fine lines on one’s aged face; they think we are foolish enough to believe that by wearing a specially-engineered belt around a waist, six-pack abs can magically appear and be maintained in the long run without the requirement of any physical exercises; and they think we are stupid enough to believe that by purchasing and sleeping on a mattress that bears their names, we can have a taste of the lifestyle of the rich and famous? Please! Give me a break!

Having watched so many ads, in which famed personalities star, I am made to realize the necessity of having a broad range of education. This is my takeaway lesson. Arming ourselves with education and analytical abilities truly can help everyone of us see through the veneer and detect the motive behind a glossy commercial presentation.