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Five Things I Learnt from Lilly Singh a.k.a. IISuperwomanII

You may have come across one of the biggest Youtubers in the world, Superwoman, at least once, if you’re a regular user of the internet. Apart from being a successful full-time Youtuber, Lilly Singh has gone on two world tours, has a movie called ‘A Trip to Unicorn Island’, and is the author of ‘How to Be a Bawse’ – an Amazon bestseller. She is the first ambassador of UNICEF hailing from the digital space. Having consistently been inspired by her, I’ve listed a couple of things I learnt from the queen.

  1. ‘Happiness is the only thing in life, worth fighting for’

Coming from a generation of millennials who’ve seen idols like Amy Winehouse, Robin Williams and most recently Chester Bennington lose their lives to mental illnesses, Lilly came as a wake-up call to make my own well-being, peace and happiness a top priority. It is uplifting to see her persuade people to fight for their happiness as she herself had battled depression.

  1. ‘Promote what you love, don’t bash what you hate’

Lilly identifies herself as a feminist, and has created a unique campaign called ‘Girl Love’ to stop girl-on-girl hate. As opposed to complaining about the plight of a woman, she made a supportive campaign instead, to shed light on the same movement. Her unique approach to problem-solve had me look at my own issues from a fresh perspective.

  1. Break Stereotypes – left, right and centre.

The first IISuperwomanII video I ever watched was “Girls on their Periods” where she made fun of a natural, yet rarely discussed issue women face every month. This video came at a time when mentioning the word “period” was still taboo. She discussed how women tend to apologise for not looking their best always, and how that needs to change.

  1. ‘The Universe appreciates vibes, but it appreciates a good hustle better’

Having followed her vlogs, I have seen Lilly write, shoot, edit, release videos, give interviews, shoot collaborations with other Youtubers, and pack for her travels – in one day. Lilly Singh is famous for her hard-work ethic and is applauded for the same. She credits all her success to the relentless effort that goes behind IISuperwomanII. Watching her go ‘Beast Mode’ has inspired me many a time to stop procrastinating and get to my work.

  1. Self-love is the best kind of love.

This one topic could be a blog-post in itself and is one of the most profound lessons I have learnt from Lilly. I have watched her count her giant pimples on camera, cry, have bad days and still get through them all with one mantra – “Eff it, I love myself”. I have slowly begun to re-wire my brain to appreciate instead of criticise myself, and it is because of Lilly Singh.

Dear Lilly,

If you’re reading this, I wish for you an endless supply of good vibes, sunshine, Cosmos, Skittles, vegetarian chicken curry, layered – butter popcorn, dresses with pockets, Ping-Pong victories against Humble, pictures of Nick Bateman and love from Team Super.

Good vibes Always,

Jag.

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