I met Melanie Murphy at the Belfast Eason signing book event at the beginning of September. I didn’t particularly went to the event because I wanted the book she wrote or because I felt I needed to read it. I went there to meet Mel, a youtuber I dearly follow and I went there to mainly support her work, this book, Fully functioning human (almost). I find that her book is the materialization of the MUST Elle Luna spoke about in her book The crossroads between should and must, of which I wrote about in this blog post.
Must is our vocations. Must is our passions and dreams. That, which we put into practice with love and for which we create, being in the state of flow. Melanie Murphy’s book is an inspiring one for teens and it is mainly designed for her followers to get to know her more in depth, through her experiences in life, which led her to who she is now, motivating young people to never give up and to always maintain a healthy balanced lifestyle mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. What she does, is called supporting young people in their life path. Fully functioning human (almost) tells the real story of a girl that managed to attain some of her dreams even though she struggled with lots of teenager crisis. Which we all did at one point in our growing up stage.
Melanie Murphy followed her MUST and I feel it is just as Elle Luna pinpointed in her wonderful writing “WHEN YOU CHOOSE MUST, YOU INSPIRE OTHERS TO CHOOSE IT, TOO. WHEN YOU FOLLOW MUST, EVERY DAY, YOU IMPACT NOT ONLY WHAT YOU CREATE FOR YOUR WORK, BUT ALSO WHO YOU BECOME IN YOUR LIFE. THIS IS HOW YOUR WORK AND YOUR LIFE BECOME ONE AND THE SAME. WHEN YOU CHOOSE MUST, WHAT YOU CREATE IS YOURSELF. IT IS A BODY OF WORK. AS YOU CHANGE, SO TOO DOES YOUR WORK. AS YOU GROW, SO TOO DOES THE CREATION. YOUR WORK LIVES AND BREATHES BECAUSE YOU LIVE AND BREATHE. WHEN YOU LIVE THE FULLNESS OF YOUR LIFE, YOU LIFT THE COLLECTIVE HUMAN EXPERIENCE.”
Melanie Murphy, who is a social media influencer, is impacting her life in a positive way because she follows her dreams and through that, she inspires her followers to pursue their dreams as well and focus on the positive vibes in their surroundings to turn their lives upside down (in a good way). If all her followers and fans would change just a small portion of their day to day life, if they would change just one aspect of their behavior, just one word in their vocabulary (removed or added or amended), that would create a HUGE change, lifting the collective human experience, simply because that small change will affect the people around the persons initiating the change.
I have read portions of Fully functioning human (almost) and I remember having similar reactions to Melanies’ as to what my life experience was when I was a teenager. I am impressed with her coping mechanism and I am surprised to read about a real human being with goods and bads. This is what she portrays in her youtube videos as well, however, a book, is always giving the impression that, just because it is a book, it is supposed to be very bookish. Not sure I can describe this feeling. It’s as if you are expecting something, but it turns out to be something much better than you anticipated and it actually changes your perception of the author. And that small change, again can make an impact in the world. A change of thought can change the behavior.
I do not know if you will be reading this, Mel, but when I met you, I felt nervous and I could say that there would be no reason for me to feel like that, since I am older than you and well, I should be more composed and not feel so inhibited. But I did, because Melanie Murphy is an example of a successful woman. Young, independent, doing what she loves, being inspiring to other young women and helping people through her touching writing and her vivid and lively sparkling with positive energy videos. She provides meaningful, helpful and enjoyable content to people. Which is a personal goal of mine. Seeing someone succeeding in that and living their “dream” (now, this might not be Mel’s dream, but it is in my interpretation) naturally makes me admiring that person and I get overwhelmed in emotions to the point that I cannot express myself properly. I guess you are kind of, my missed opportunity. I could have asked you so many things, I could have presented myself in so many ways to make an impact to you as well and maybe, continue our “friendship” in the online world, where you are just as approachable as you are offline. I could have promoted myself to you. But then, what would have I learned if I did not miss you?
The title of the book is also relevant to my encounter with Melanie Murphy. I was a fully functioning human until my nervousness collapsed my senses and inhibited my speech. Fully functioning human almost made me realize the significance of her presence in the world. Melanie Murphy did an extraordinary MUST type of work with her book and she is a continuous charming inspiration for all types of age humans, because she went for her MUST. (revert back here for a full comprehension)
We are all fully functioning human beings, (I think the almost part refers to the fact that we need to pursue our vocations to fully act like whole accomplished human beings in society) or aspiring to become one, and whether we like to admit it or not, we all have the same emotions and struggles and hustles (mostly hustles). The fact that we acknowledge our flaws can only make us stronger and can only highlight more our human nature. And I believe this is what Melanie Murphy beautifully crayoned in her uplifting book Fully functioning human (almost).
I also like to think that it is best to support living artists to help build a better culture and society. Melanie Murphy is an artist through her “work” (both online and offline) and we MUST show that we care about that to the world. To people around us. If we do not support good ideas, actions, behaviors, works, services and products then, how can we even dream or hope for a better future or world? You can shape the future if you choose new services and products that are inspiring, that are helpful, meaningful and enjoyable. And surely if you do bring to the world something like that, rest assured someone will notice it, and people will follow. You will be an inspiration or motivation to people either through your content or through your sole existence, through your passions. That’s why it’s important to strive to become a fully functioning human.