“Buffering is that time you spend waiting for the pixels of your life to crystallize into a clearer picture; it’s a time of reflection, a time of pause, a time for regaining your composure or readjusting your course. We all have a limited amount of mental and emotional bandwidth, and some of life’s episodes take a long time to fully load.”
I don’t YouTube. I haven’t spent much time on the various channels put together by “Content Creators” like Hannah Hart but I do respect the hustle it takes to create a comfortable career out of a web camera and enthusiastic web presence. I was concerned I wouldn’t connect with Hart’s story because I have no frame of reference to who she is and why she is famous but this is a story closer to The Glass Castle than a ‘celebrity’ memoir.
“Dealing with depression isn’t about trying to run away from the feeling; it’s about learning to walk alongside it.”
Hannah had rocky start to life; her mother is schizophrenic and her father is a Jehovah’s Witness which would be hard enough but Hannah also had some deeply rooted shame related to her homosexuality. While she covers some tough topics, like poverty and self harm, she also shares some more humorous anecdotes about how she created Drunk Kitchen, going to Burning Man and meeting her best friend, Grace Helbig. Overall Hart seems like an intelligent young woman who is using her platform and unique story to help other people who may be suffering some of the same issues she has overcome.