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How Hello Hannah Cho Saved Me

I discovered Hannah Cho during my college years around 2011. She just happened to pop-up as a suggested video from one of my own vlogs and I decided to watch her. I got addicted to watching her WOMMITMOL’s series just because it was short, precise, and straight out entertaining while I “do my homework”.

After I graduated from College, you guys all know I’ve struggled to make a career out of my degree and at some point I’ve become totally lost in my life direction. I hopped jobs and have long periods of unemployment and got extremely depressed as to where my life is going. I got even more depressed when I found myself cyber stalking my peers on Facebook. I look at current college students; jealous that they have a goal, a structure in their life, and are still full of potential. Then the peers that graduated all seem to have another goal in life; continuing their education or starting out a career pertaining to their degree. I even have a friend that successfully started his own business in his hometown (That’s amazing)!

Now here is where Hannah Cho comes into the picture. What I am about to write might come off as rude but I want you guys to understand that this is a wonderful thing. After I graduated I kinda stop watching Youtubers for a while just because I was so busy with work and Youtube was always just a time killer. But during my downtime while I was unemployed I connected with Hello Hannah Cho again. I found out that despite her being so bright and smiley all the time, her life isn’t all cupcakes and rainbows as you would imagine. She’s just a girl figuring things out in life. She has her struggles too. That’s when I’ve come to realization that I am not struggling alone. To me, Hannah Cho is one of the coolest people I know on Youtube. She’s very real, and down to earth.

The fact that she’s brave enough to share the dark and cloudy side of her life has helped me overcome all my own negative thoughts. I’m looking at Hannah going through her post divorced life, dealing with change,  unemployment, and at the end of the day in front of the camera, she makes it feel like everything is going to be okay. Just because her status is not “prestige” to the standards that was implemented in my head, to me, her value as a human being is still held high.  I never judge Hannah for how she lives her life, so what makes me think it matters if anyone out there is judging me. Watching her videos has cleared the cloud in my heart and pushed me to get back on my feet. I’m working at an office job that has absolutely nothing with my degree and I’m loving life. As for my Japanese endeavors and other passions, that can be my side project for now. It can continue to be the things I do for fun. I wouldn’t call Hannah my lifestyle idol but I notice that when I was going through these depressions of having to grow up, Hannah Cho comes to mind and I know, I will be okay.

I feel grateful for Hannah sharing her story and if you’re like me, a struggling millennial, my advice to you is do anything you can to get back on your feet but never forget the person you are. Do what you love and love what you do. Not everything in life is going to be what you wanted, but really, it’s not so bad. It’s not so bad at all.

May 2024

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