Tag: society

Creating Your Happiness

happiness, lifestyle, mental health, society, thinkpiece December 18, 2019
"What would your younger self not believe about your life today?"

A simple question from “we’re not really strangers” spurred a thought within me. And though the occurrence could’ve struck me as mundane, given the mass of thoughts I bombard myself with on a regular basis, I found myself in awe of my answer:

“…how much happiness I’ve created for myself.”

It wasn’t what I had found–as I might a passion, or, hell, even a soulmate, but, how much happiness I actually self-manufactured day-in-and-day-out. It’s a bizarre revolution–one that both uplifts, and saddens you, because all around you, powerful propaganda asserts that happiness isn’t self-created. Society has worked for centuries to make us feel as if happiness has to come from some outwardly source: we’re made to want jobs, disposable things, and partners, that make us look and feel more important, until we’ve screwed over just about everyone to get it, and everything. still. fucking. sucks.

The only cure, it seems, is challenging ourselves to make the happiness we want to feel; to create it for ourselves, one step at a time. And on our darkest days, to feel that happiness is the strength to believe that the rain that’s pouring is only part of the sunshine.

But how can that sunshine be created?:

I have some thoughts

The World of Film, As Told by Ogechi Musa

creatives, youtube March 24, 2019

Never have I ever worked on a project quite like this. I’ve worked with many friends, many of whom are uber-talented Creatives. Filmmaker, Ogechi Musa is no different:

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However, this is the first time we’ve recorded ourselves having such a revealing conversation on the economics of being a “starving artist,” creating for the sake of creating, and where she finds inspiration to create award-winning projects:

1. Feature film, “Friction”, centered on a community-led revolution against police brutality

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2.  “The Hodge”, featuring Cleveland-based artists of color who are using their artistic platform to save their artist-living space

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3. “Midst,” a story about two interracial lovers and their struggle between self-identity and societal conformity.

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Catch our entire conversation: