WATCH: This Inspiring Video Will Change What You Think Of Selfies!
Millennials have been dubbed the "seflie generation" — a phrase which tends to have a negative connotation. It's synonymous with being self-obsessed or entitled, as if teenagers spend all of their free time glued to their iPhone cameras. (Come on, everybody! Give teens more credit.) Luckily, there's a video that will change the way you think of selfies. No, not that "but first, let me take a selfie" song which basically reinforces those seemingly shallow stereotypes. Instead, this video was made by a now 21-year-old girl named Rebecca Brown.
Brown began taking pictures of herself way before "selfie" even made its way into the dictionary. She started in 2007 at age 14, and has continued for the past six-and-a-half years. With these pictures, she created a time-lapse video that shares major life events in captions along the side. From the seemingly lighthearted (getting a new cat or finding a boyfriend) to more serious (failing exams or getting harassed), she covers it all. This includes the high points, such as being accepted into film school... and the lowest, like losing her grandparents. The 4-minute video, which she uploaded to YouTube a month ago, has over 5 million views — and for good reason. It's beyond inspiring!
She courageously opens up about her struggles with depression and trichotillomania. As she says in the video's "About" section, "It's a complex hair disorder, where I am compelled to tear it all out strand by strand. It's classified as an ICD (similar to OCD)." That's why in some photos she's bald or wearing wigs. She also explains why there isn't always a smile on her face: "Life happens, Depression hit rather hard. I'm on the mend." She admits sometimes she struggled to take photos because of depression or low self-esteem caused by her hair loss.
We admire Brown's bravery and wish her all the best! The main takeaway from her amazing video is you never know what a person's going through just by looking at their face. Instead of casting judgment, it's more important to see the self behind the selfie and hear their story!
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