For those of you that know me personally, you know that I am a huge fan of Lilly Singh (a.k.a. iiSuperwomanii). If you don't know me personally, then now you know I am a huge fan of Lilly. On a whim, before my free trial of YouTube Red expires, I decided to re-watch "A Trip to Unicorn Island." Yes, I did say re-watch. I think, with all things, that a new lesson can be learned when we revisit things. And for me, that still rings true.
Because of this time, while I was hoping to focus on the storyline of Lilly making her YouTube career happen because she didn't want to go to school, I realized why we all need to have our own "Unicorn Island."
What is "Unicorn Island"? Well, it's basically your happy place, but it's so much more than that as well. It is a place where you push past the negative and focuses on the positive. That's not to say that the negative feelings and things won't and don't exist. But it's the conscious acknowledgment that they are there but that there are more important things and that we have so much to be grateful for.
While that seems easier said than done, it is something worth striving for. I used to think that this meant being constantly positive. Even in the face of really difficult situations. And that's what I used to do. I would push down all those negative emotions and focus on being positive. Not so much for myself, but so that I didn't lose the image as a positive person.
And while we're in college, it's something that we become used to. Because it is easier to hide what you are really feeling rather than confronting it head-on. Why face the judgment and the pressure that comes with not being perfect when instead you can fake it? In the end, that does us more harm than good. I know having this one space doesn't seem like the end all be all of solutions. And that's because it is not, but it might just be the beginning of a good change.
This is only one lesson that I learned while watching Lilly's movie. And I would not be surprised if there were more messages and lessons like these in all of the content that she continues to create.