Hello, there. I feel like it's been forever since I've posted anything here and that's because I'm working on a new blog series called Life+("life plus" or "life positive"). I've wanted to do this sort of thing for a while now, and I figured that this is probably the best time to start.
This blog isn't to say that I know a ton about life. Actually, it's quite the opposite. I'd really like to document my life as I learn things and think more about different aspects of life. I'd like to be able to ask questions and learn from others as I'm writing my own thoughts. I want to talk about some of the things I've been through, how I've overcome them or things I wish I'd have heard at the time.
So let's have some fun talking about life! To visit Project Life+, just click on the link and it'll take you right to it.
When you think of Macklemore, what song of his first pops into your mind?
Many people would answer "Thrift Shop" or "Same Love" or "Can't Hold Us."
I answer "Wing$" and "Jimmy Iovine" and "Starting Over" - some of the not very typically thought of songs.
The reason why I support Macklemore (Ben Haggerty) as much as I do isn't just because of the movement he stands behind - although it does factor into why I like him. No, I support him because of his authenticity and the honesty and candidness of The Heist.
Unlike many popular rappers, Ben raps about reality, working on your dreams, and the pressures of life from a positive standpoint. While Can't Hold Us and Thrift shop may be great clubbing songs, the songs I like the best are the ones with the most intelligent, witty, real-life feel to them.
My favorite song on the album, Wing$, is about identity in consumerism - namely, the identity of a young child who connected these big dreams to physical treasures; a kid who tries to find identity in material things but gets a big reality check when he realizes that it's not all there is to life. The chorus, sung by young voices, was what hit home for me:
"I wanna fly, can you take me far away? Give me a star to reach for, tell me what it takes. And I'll go so high, I'll go so high my feet won't touch the ground. I stitch my wings and pull the strings, I bought these dreams that all fall down."
Jimmy Iovine, my second favorite song on the album, is pretty much the story of Ben's success, though the exact details of the song are probably fictitious. The rap plays out a story of a younger Ben and Ryan seeking a deal with producer Jimmy Iovine. There's the nerves, the plan to get noticed, and the deal that almost went down. The most powerful line of the song, and one that probably highlights the duo's success, is delivered at the end:
"I appreciate the offer, thought that this is what I wanted. Rather be a starving artist than succeed at getting f***ed."
This goes to show that you can dream big and be successful. Looking at the life these two made for themselves, you'll realize that it will take hard work, struggles, and finding your own path, but it's attainable. There are no excuses to not try.
Of course, Starting Over is exactly what it sounds like. Ben is open about his drug and alcohol abuse and how he went to rehab for it. Then people would come up to him, congratulate him, tell him that he's the inspiration for their sobriety. Only, he knew that he relapsed again. He didn't want to disappoint his fans. But he picked himself back up and has now moved on to greater things in his life.
"If I can be an example of getting sober, then I can be an example of starting over."
These raps tell what real life is. They show Ben and Ryan's hard work and dedication to the field. No matter the story, it ends up motivational because they made something of it. Which is something I think we could all take away from their success.
Congratulations on making it to the last post in this challenge! We did it! Let's celebrate by making a pact that we're not going to try many more blog challenges like this again. Sound good? Haha.
Now, which YouTuber do I think has the best personality? I've decided to feature a YouTuber who I haven't really talked too much about yet. Sure, I've shared all the feels about Hannah Hart, Grace Helbig, Kingsley, Tyler Oakley, etc... but this particular YouTuber kind of flies under the radar, so to speak. He's probably one of the most underrated of the popular YouTubers but definitely one of the kindest, in my opinion. He seems like a genuinely hard-working and humble man that I'm surprised at myself for not having a handful of posts about him already.
Who is this guy, you ask? Jim Chapman, of course.
I first found Jim's Chapman from his accent tag he did with his (then) girlfriend, Tanya Burr - who's now his fiance. I found the video hilarious as I watched him attempt to mimic accents, but what I really remember is how nice he (and Tanya, of course) seemed. In general, he appears to be totally kind and caring. Tyler Oakley even describes his personality as peaceful, and I would concur.
Through the maze of comedic videos, advice videos, and more, I've grown quite fond of Jim's channel and his relationship with Tanya. And their vlogs from December 2012 where they visited New York were cute - especially when we saw the two get engaged while on holiday! (Their happiness brings me happiness, and I thought I'd share it with others in return.)
So, there you have it: the completed YouTuber Challenge! I hope you've enjoyed reading my posts as much as I've enjoyed writing them. It's been a wonderful journey, but I can't wait to start writing about other things. I've been toying around with the idea of a mini Life+ series, basically sharing my experiences and some things I've learned about different aspects of life. I'm also considering taking up writing fiction again and posting those things on one of my other blogs. Who knows what I'll do! :)
Feel free to contact me at any of the social media sites linked below or leave me comments letting me know what you think.
Ooh...you know the most exciting question had to be one of the last in this YouTuber challenge, haha. It's great. I was partly anticipating this one but, at the same time, not really. Mostly because there are so many. How is it possible to pick one? So...as impossible as this is, I'll pick two.
1. As if it wasn't obvious in my previous post, I have total respect and admiration for the one and only Hannah Hart of channels MyHarto and YourHarto. All of the advice she gives, all the laughs her jokes elicit, and all the community service she does is completely crush-worthy. She seems like an overall great person. Plus...
who doesn't like someone in a carrot onesie? :)
2. If it weren't for his comedy, it'd be for Tim Helbig's quick wit. Although his demeanor somewhat mirrors that of Grace Helbig, there's something about Tim's personality that's unthinkably and differently comedic. Every one of his videos leaves me laughing til my sides hurt - he just says things you wouldn't expect. And, like Hannah, he seems like a great, highly respectable person. If you're in need of a good laugh, definitely click over to his channel Tim Will Destroy You and watch any one of his videos. Personally, I'd recommend his 2 Minute Greatest Stories.