Escape binge, Shang-Chi, & Company of Creators
Last weekend, I fell back into some of my old, “not-so-cool” patterns.
It was my first proper weekend in Mumbai after almost 2 years. It brought back some unpleasant memories from the past.
While I have come a long way to manage difficult emotions without suppressing them, it was one of those days where I gave in to the triggers.
The result was what I call an “escape binge”- it is when you mindlessly binge on anything external to escape uncomfortable emotions.
Food is one of the top of those things for me.
There was a small period in my life during which I was in my peak physical shape (at least according to me! 😛 :D). At that time, I used to be obsessed with working out and a healthy diet and went to great lengths to optimize them.
Unfortunately, it never lasted longer than 2-3 years.
Mostly, I have had a difficult relationship with food. It is one of the easiest things to binge on, next to Netflix. The combination of both is even more troublesome.
It never ends well.
I ended up feeling quite guilty about it. Instead of meditating and “observing my emotions”, I suppressed them with mindless eating. It was honestly a rabbit hole of despair.
However, the meta-awareness of this entire episode (even while it was happening) and this conscious retrospective reflection in the newsletter makes me feel hopeful.
All is not that bad, after all. It is perhaps a part of the journey of being more self-aware, conscious, and learning the lessons of self-love and forgiveness.
On that note, here is what I want to share this week, one of which is kinda related to the above episode.
Tweet of the Week: A bus operator breaks down the epic fight scene in Shang-Chi
I watched Shang-Chi last weekend and it was Marvel-ous!! However, it was this Twitter thread that really caught my attention afterward.
It is going viral with Hollywood experts retweeting and sharing it and I can see why! I can’t help but get blown away by the details which could only be observed by an expert.
But I love this not just because I love movies or their scene breakdowns.
I love it because I could see and feel the passion of the person behind this tweet.
He translates his years of experience of something that might be considered as ‘mundane’ into analyzing a scene from a Hollywood movie and creates something entirely unique that resonates with so many people.
Isn’t it phenomenal?
Article of the Week: Company of Creators for Creators- Glimpse into the Future of Work
The original article is titled as “No Meetings, No Deadlines, No Full-Time Employees”.
However, I see this article by Sahil Lavingia (founder of Gumroad- a digital marketplace for independent creators) as a great example of how work in the creator economy might look like.
Of course, not all industries might be suitable for this disruption but when manual jobs are automated in the future, creativity and innovation will be at the forefront. This could eventually lead to a radically different working culture led by companies like Gumroad.
This is where such models could be highly profitable for both companies and employees alike.
This was all from me this week!
I hope to have a better weekend this time (it is an extended one for me with Friday being a holiday, yay !! :D). I plan to divert any extra time and energy to escape into some creative side projects, this time!
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