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  • So, I've been reading a lot of self-help books lately,

  • not just 'cause it's my job and I'm fascinated with self-improvement, but 'cause...

  • Fix me! Please, any of you, fix me!

  • *cries* I'm broken... *sobs*

  • And one that I read, that was incredibly thought-provoking

  • was Brené Brown's "The Power of Vulnerability".

  • Though the book has a lot of amazing insights, the one I want to talk about today is about play.

  • So Brené's research stresses the importance of creative play to lead a life of joy.

  • And what I actually found most surprising, is that she states that unharnessed creativity doesn't actually go anywhere.

  • Instead, if you're not utilizing your creative self,

  • it manifests itself as stress, judgment, anxiety and so much more awful stuff.

  • And I thought this explains so much to me, because you know people who are like...

  • Oh. Wow. No, I don't do any of that losery stuff.

  • I mean, painting is just pointless, and dancing makes you look dumb, and pottery is just for idiots.

  • I mean, I'm a super serious lawyer and I do incredibly serious lawyer stuff.

  • I feel like we all know someone who just totally looks down on any kind of hobby or creative endeavor.

  • And they're all just kind of bitter, right? And I was like....

  • Oh, this is why, because they're not being creative.

  • So all this repressed energy is just making them very unpleasant.

  • And I know what you're thinking...

  • Anna, you're just saying that because it's your job to be creative.

  • I mean, some of us don't have that luxury.

  • Some of us have- have families, careers in non-creative fields,

  • and like hundreds of cats to take care of.

  • First of all, you can play with your cats.

  • And second, if you have a career in a creative field,

  • I don't think that necessarily means you're using your creative energy.

  • Let me explain.

  • So Brené Brown describes two factors that determine play.

  • They are: one, you never want it to end,

  • and two, it has no discernible purpose.

  • And when I heard this, I was like, wow,

  • I don't know what in my life actually meets these two categories.

  • Even though I get to be creative all the time, it doesn't necessarily feel like play?

  • I mean it kind of feels like work.

  • And sometimes I resent creativity, because

  • there's so much pressure to be imaginative in order to be relevant or successful, which is not fun.

  • It just feels like you're going insane.

  • Okay! So are we gonna do this sketch about dicks this week?

  • Well, we've never approached it from a satirical angle.

  • Exactly! How I feel about dick pics is more of a confessional vlog style.

  • "here's what i'll do to your dick", is a public service announcement

  • that satirizes violence against fruits and vegetables, in an effort to demonstrate how ludicrous it is

  • to send a photo of your genitalia to someone you don't know as a courting favor.

  • I just don't think that dicks are on trend anymore. And if we want to...

  • *talking over each other*

  • Can we settle on like one idea? Just one idea, cats or dicks. That's all we have, cats or dicks.

  • And I've started to make Brunei's stressed importance on play a huge factor in my life.

  • Because I've definitely felt myself over time, become judgmental or bitter or anxious,

  • if I'm not doing anything that brings me joy.

  • I mean that just makes a lot of sense, right?

  • And who wants to hang out with someone who's all those things?

  • So recently, I've written down what is play for me?

  • What do I love and I never want to end that has no discernible purpose other than it's fun?

  • So I've been trying to dive more into like animation with poems like, "The Moment I Threw Your Toothbrush Away" and "p a l i n d r o m e".

  • And I'm also doing a stop-motion project called allure that I'm incredibly excited about.

  • And now you guys may think...

  • Erm, hey! Those sound like they have a discernible purpose. As in, they're going on your channel.

  • Yes, you're technically right.

  • I will definitely put them up, but they don't have a real purpose,

  • because they're kind of just one offs that I'm sinking money into

  • that I can't necessarily make it to a bigger property.

  • So they're purely passion projects and I've started to rediscover how much I really love animation.

  • When I was a teenager,

  • I actually wanted to be an animator at like Pixar or Disney.

  • And I would pull all of these unintentional all-nighters,

  • because I loved drawing so much.

  • And though I'm not animating these personally,

  • the process of making something from absolutely nothing come to life is still so wild and awesome to me.

  • And beyond that, of course, I've tried to think of activities that fall into these categories.

  • Like Nerf gun fights, hiking, camping, crafting,

  • and trying to be much more engaged in those activities.

  • To give myself more joy.

  • But what about you? What activities are play for you?

  • And are you doing them enough or are you doing them at all?

  • I'm Anna Akana, stay right here for an animated ad from Miss Bethany Radloff.

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So, I've been reading a lot of self-help books lately,

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不創新會死 (not being creative can kill you)

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    nico 發佈於 2021 年 01 月 14 日
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