If you don't know who Jenna Marbles is by now, I don't believe you. But in case you really, truly have no idea who she is or why she's famous, you can watch the first YouTube video of hers that went viral back in 2010 called, How To Trick People Into Thinking You're Good Looking for a taste of the kind of entertainment she offers her viewers.
Admittedly I have not watched many of her videos (although I certainly would if they were more like the one I'm about to mention), but today my YouTube click flow went from Tori Kelly to Superfruit to Jenna Marbles within a matter of minutes, which brought me to Jenna celebrating her recent milestone: My 200th Video, which was recorded in the summer.
From what I gather, this is a departure from her usual style of video. The silliness has been replaced by reflection, depth and meaning, and her message is beautiful. I typed it out for my own benefit (I'm addicted to timeless wisdom and have a special place in my Todoist app to collect such treasures) and I thought I'd share it with you as well because we all need to be reminded to be present, happy and enjoy what we have while we have it. I have highlighted my favourite parts.
Transcript of My 200th Video by Jenna Marbles
Four years ago in 2010, I started uploading videos to YouTube. This is my 200th video. I wanted to take you to one of my favorite places to share some thoughts with you. I don't want to say them because I want my words to speak for themselves. I started doing this because I thought it was funny. Four years later, my entire life has changed. I have food to eat, a roof over my head, and you put those things there and I don't really know why. You gave me a place to be. To fit. To exist. And I never dreamt I could be this person you made me because to me I'm just Jenna. That's all I can ever be. Nothing special at all.
As more people started watching I felt the expectations. The questions. What are you going to do next? Where is all of this going? [insert many more questions here] And the truth is, I don't know.
People tell you your whole life, "You need to have a plan. If you don't have a plan, you'll never accomplish your goals." But what if your goals are vague? Like mine. To be happy. To laugh. Every day. To experience life. To find love. And loss. To just feel what it feels like to be a human being. To feel alive. Where do you go with goals like that?
People associate being lost as something bad. Fear is bad. Confusion is bad. Failure is bad. But it's not. It's life. Because the way I see it, no one ever knows what they're doing. Ever. And if anyone tells you they do, they're lying. No one knows what life has in store. You can take steps towards what you want but you can't control where the cards fall.
People focus on how to get somewhere they're not right now. What's wrong with the step you're on? Look around you. Don't miss what you have today. Your friends. Your family. People you love.
For many of you, the novelty of me has worn off. That's because all I can give you is me. My life. My thoughts. We get tired of people every day and that's okay. With the internet we are always looking for something quick. A quick laugh. A quick idea. A quick solution. You have infinite paths to take and one weird time you took a path that led you to me.
This is my path and I don't know where it's going but you know if you ever want to walk with me, you can. I'll always be here. I'm silly and fun because that's just how I choose to see the world. But I give all the fucks about my life. And yours. I love you.
Thank you for the best four years of my life.
So far. I mean next year might be pretty dope who knows.
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