Away

We have a saying in France to express the idea that an explosive social life endangers happiness: "to live happily, live hidden."

When you lead an overly public life, you naturally attract the attention and judgement of others. Whether it's envy, anger, or praise, you'll need a thick skin and sophisticated defense mechanisms to protect yourself from the overwhelming feelings.

This is why philosophies like stoïcism or epicureanism are particularly relevant to content creators. Fame is probably the biggest threat to the maker's creativity, and thus her happiness.

Seneca puts it differently: ”And so, my dearest Paulinus, tear yourself away from the crowd, and, […] withdraw into a peaceful harbour.

When you feel burnt out, take time for yourself. Reconnect with nature. Be unproductive. Turn off your phone. Seclude yourself and meditate.

Of course, you don't want to live like a hermit either. A good life is lived for and with other human beings, but this is also the very source of most mental health issues—depression, among others. I just think it's extremely important to remember we need a balance between publicity and privacy to stay sane. You are not entitled to anything, and neither is everyone else.

Don't feel like socializing or going to an event? Don't be sorry, just say it.

Don't feel like explaining yourself right now? Don't be afraid to take your time.

Take care.