I am taking a break from social media right now due to depression. I know what you are thinking, “What does this have to do with anything?” And I am getting there, hold your damn potatoes. Right now, I am having one of the darkest times I have dealt with. Video games help in short bursts, but nothing seems to take my mind off what feel like impending doom. That was until I logged onto to Tik Tok. A few months ago, I fell in love with the social media platform. It helped me make it through the end of 2020. And I turned back to Tik Tok to help me during this downhill slide.
If you are not familiar with Tik Tok, it is a video platform with people telling stories, responding to others, lip syncs, and more. And on your main page there is a feed of those you are following and the “for you” page. The “for you” page opens the door to find new and interesting creators. And I am not going to sugar coat this, I have been struggling a lot lately ultimately to the point, getting out of bed seemed like the worst thing in the world to me. But one morning I decided to open up Tik Tok, and I was greeted by someone that caught me off guard.
Somehow, a woman with pink hair ended up on my “For You” page nerding out over the sadness of a Weird Al Lunchbox breaking and her husband replacing it with a fanny pack with Danny Devito’s face on it, or Fanny Devito. And I sat there, confused for second. It put a smile on my face to know that another couple is out there as weird as my wife and I. But I wanted to watch another video. And she is talking about handing out fruit snacks and emotional support dinosaurs, Miss Frizzle is real, y’all. But this is the tip of the iceberg of her page. Her life stories to adventures with her husband, to just feeling like the aunt, you would be excited to go to their house because she is the coolest person in the world.
She brought some color to a world that is nothing black and white. And now I believe her attitude is life goals. If you haven’t checked out, Dufftheunicorn on Tiktok, you need to do so. If you are having a bad day, one of her videos will turn it around for you. And during this time frame, we need people like her more than ever.