San Francisco resident LaKeisha Shrum was so depressed and unhappy with herself that she decided to join the #giveit100 campaign, where she video blogged her thoughts and workout sessions for 100 days. In the process, Shrum found inner peace, love for herself and lost 18 pounds. Shrum’s candid videos resonated with people online probably because, to some extent, we all fall prey to self-esteem issues. Whether it’s your weight or the feeling of being lonely, everyone has experienced some form of insecurity.
Creating a video diary is actually a great and unique way for people to lift their spirits. There’s something therapeutic about sitting in front of a camera and pouring out your heart in a way that you could never do in front of an actual person. Even celebrities do it. Who could forget when Beyonce cried in front of her computer camera during a moment of reflection, posing the question, “Why did God give me this life?”
It seems no matter who you are, everyone needs an outlet to vent. Though spiritual retreats, yoga and even penning a diary are great ways to release, there’s something endearing and uplifting about recording yourself. It allows you to hear your thoughts aloud and actually see them play out. Whether you’re recording simply for personal use or to upload it for the world to see, it can be a healing experience. However, sharing your video diaries allows others to understand what you’re going through and maybe even reach out to show you that you’re not alone. It could also be helpful to others to show them that they’re not the only ones going through whatever they’re going through.
So the next time you’re feeling blue, try whipping out that camera and press record. You never know where it’ll take you.
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