Do you ever miss not be recognized? I feel like I would hate it being so famous, even while changing people opinions and working for the good of the world, I think it must be frustrating and stressful to be noticed everywhere
First, I’ll say whatever disadvantages there are to my awesome life are minuscule compared to how many great things I’ve been able to experience.
Second, people are almost always lovely. Now, occasionally people will not be lovely, but we all have to deal with douche-bags, I just have to deal with complete stranger douche-bags who know a whole lot about me.
Third, I love hearing from real people that they like the things I do. It’s a pretty remarkable gift to have someone walk up to you in “World Market” and say “Thanks for your biology videos, they’re helping me a lot.” Which literally happened to me today. Like, imagine a complete stranger just walking up to you and saying “I saw you do the thing you do today and I thought you did it really well.” It’s nice.
Fourth, I honestly think knowing that I could be being watched at any moment by a fan makes me a better person. I’m more careful with what I say and am more polite to servers and staff than I might be otherwise because I know they might know who I am. I find that the more I act this way the more I enjoy acting this way and the more I am just naturally more empathetic and careful.
Fifth, OK, yes, fine, sometimes it’s a little much. When I’m having a fancy dinner or walking through my neighborhood and close enough to my house to feel like my privacy is being invaded. Sometimes I’m hanging with friends who don’t know anything about YouTube stuff and after I get recognized the topic is 100% “Are you famous?! I didn’t know you were famous!” which is a conversation that tends to be awkward for me. And sometimes I’m just in a bad mood or sick or I didn’t shower or I’m in a magnificent hurry or I have to poop. Sometimes people expect me to perform in some way…and that expectation can be scary when you’re just trying to get milk on the way home from a long day at work.
But overall, it’s wonderful. I like people, and I like being told people like what I do. I am very lucky that I’m anonymous to 99% of America but known to the 1% that I would probably most like to be known by…smart, thoughtful, compassionate, nerdy people.