I’ve always viewed social media as a gateway to the world. It didn’t matter to me when people said my age bracket outgrew an app like TikTok, widely considered to be a Gen-Z dominated platform. I think no matter how old I get, I’ll always been an “early adopter”. Maybe my youthful attitude will be ill-advised when I reach my late 30s and I’m doing the next whimsical viral dance challenge, but right now, I want to explore. And soon after I downloaded TikTok I found that like all social media/content sharing platforms, pretty much anyone, of any age, can build an audience. I started posting clips of me singing and sharing my skincare faves (@suthemani if anyone's curious), but I mostly browse and consume videos.
You’ve all seen that video by Angela Duckworth, right? The TED talk where she talks about the biggest predictor of success not being IQ, good looks, health, or even talent--but Grit. That’s what this photo reminds me of. I’ll explain later, but for now, keep that in the back of your mind. If you have no clue what I'm talking about, here it is:
Looking through Amber's art, I was inspired by this picture, which I realized, was sitting right in front of me.
Think of the times you found yourself in an emotional rut. You lost your job, your relationship fell apart, your self-confidence took a nosedive, or you just felt like the world, society, or God just wasn't on your side. What did you usually do in those moments? Did you watch a TED Talk on self-worth? Did you exercise? Did you cry, call a friend, or feel bad for yourself? Did you just surrender?
When I came back to San Diego after graduating from college, I didn’t really know anyone. All my friends either went back to their respective hometowns, graduate school, or started new lives in new cities. There was so much uncertainty for me in 2017; when I would finally land a job, where it would be, where I would live, and who my friends would be. The only thing I knew for sure was that I wanted to perform again. Musical theatre has been a great love of mine since I was a child, and something I never had time to do in college.