In exactly 15 days I’m supposed to be getting on a plane to Chicago for a week. When I started planning this I’d never heard the term “bomb cyclone” and 90% of the country didn’t just freeze over. But the weather is the least of my concerns.
I told y’all in my 2017 recap post about downloading dating apps last Spring while still on my last vacation. And now I’m doing it again. Going on a trip alone. My time in Boston last year was spectacular, but man, I’m not sure this is the best time for me to embark on a new solo adventure. I’m not sure any time soon would be a good time for it. I mean, what good is it to go to another city and state in the middle of winter just to feel even worse than I already do?
Unfortunately, I think it’s a real possibility I have an extraordinary time in Chicago only to find myself more lonely than ever before. But I won’t let that stop me.
So many people have no ability to travel at all and here I am. This will be my fourth trip in the last 20 months. Sure, I’m not the happiest I could be right now, but that’s okay. There are people struggling with depression. People contemplating suicide. People being bullied on a daily basis. People who don’t know how they’re going to pay their bills. People fighting terminal illness. I’m just a little unhappy and sad.
If all the people in the world who fall into any one of those categories can continue living each of their lives the best they can, then of course I can too. And that’s why I’m going to Chicago.
I’ve written about Lilly several times on here. I honestly don’t even know the exact number, but I’d say it’s been at least five times. She hasn’t written a book yet. I don’t know her to be a big reader. And I’m nothing like her target audience. But man I’m proud of her.
If you don’t know, she’s one of the most popular personalities on YouTube. She has more than 7 million subscribers. Her channel has been viewed more than 1 billion times. And she went on a world tour last year. She’s doing everything.
I don’t want you to think I’ve been watching her since the beginning, I haven’t. I started in July of 2014 when she released her first single #Leh about millennials that immediately caught my attention even though I have no real interest in hip hop at the moment. Then I started watching her videos as much as I possibly could. I tried to catch up after missing her first four years on YouTube.
But I’m not writing her biography. I want to tell you all why I’m proud to be a fan of hers. She’s famous. She’s rich. She makes her living by making other people laugh. And she’s real. But I’m proud to be a fan of hers because she started making videos in 2010 because she was unhappy. She was in the midst of a low point in her life. And rather than feel sorry for herself and let life slip on by she decided to do something about it. Now five and half years later she can’t be stopped.
She’s talented. She’s hilarious. And she never takes herself too seriously. And she just made her first appearance on late night TV with. There’s nothing wrong with people who take their success for granted because we all take things for granted that we shouldn’t. But there’s never been any doubt in my mind that Lilly appreciates every time someone likes one of her tweets or comments something positive on one of her videos. Yes her hard work and determination has helped her along the way, but millions of fans have been right there with her. Even when she didn’t know it yet.
To me, no one “deserves” anything in life. People don’t deserve to be without basic essentials. No one deserves to win the lottery. Students don’t deserve any particular grade. But Lilly, you’ve earned everything you have. So be proud, be humble, and continue to change the lives of your fans. And most of all, stay super.
Is there anyone you’ve never met who you can’t help but be proud of? Author. Singer. Actor. Friend of a friend.