Wednesday, February 23 - I got up on stage at a Typography event and spoke about Anxiety and Depression - wait, *record scratch* wut?
"I loved your presentation, that was totally ballsy of you to talk about it and open yourself to strangers." - Audience Member
"I suffer from Anxiety and Depression too and I'm so glad that you went up there and spoke about it, it was so incredibly inspiring and relatable" - Audience Member
"You had me at waffles..." - Audience Member
Why should we be ashamed to talk about it? We don't hear people talk about these issues because they're too "scary" and people will push it away. Often times, people even assume that people with anxiety/depression use it as a cop out to "function in real life" (true story, I've seen it happen to someone and it's happened to me.) What people don't realize is that it's all real and it affects people physically and mentally.
My presentation is about how Anxiety and Depression is a real issue that we should be okay to openly discuss. I shared my work from my personal notebook and my 30-day-hand-lettering-challenge, Happy Brain. I also shared that in these projects, I used hand lettering as an escape or a way to ground me whenever I got anxious. I wanted to share with the world that if I have messy hand writing and can do this, you totally can too! Those unfamiliar with Happy Brain, I used it as a platform to shed some light onto the issue and let people know who are also suffering from Anxiety and Depression that they're not alone.
I ended with a main takeaway which was... Wouldn't it be so great to turn your fears into your passion? :)
Here is my presentation at the General Assembly in Downtown LA. Huge thank you to http://www.pechakucha.org/ for hosting the event and having us over!