I don't watch a lot of videos, and I definitely don't recommend a lot of videos.
But this one is worth watching.
I don't know the full story on it. I just know it's the office where Tangled was developed and produced, and I have to assume that all the people in it are people who helped. And they're having so much fun that it makes me cry every f'ing time I watch it.
"Why are you crying?" my daughter asked me.
"Because they're having such a fun time. Because they get to do this for a living. They get to work in that office, and make dreams come true every day. They made the movie that we watch and laugh at and dance to. That's their job. And it makes me so happy that I cry."
And she looks at me like I'm crazy.
She still doesn't quite get it. And she doesn't see me up writing until 2am, so enraptured with an idea and in love with characters and caught in the flow that I couldn't sleep if I wanted to. Kids rarely get to see their parents in thrall with life, doing something they feel passionate about. Kids need to see that more often.
It's hard to communicate to a child that your work doesn't have to be drudgery. You don't have to hate school and be bored in college and go do something you hate every day. You can find a way to do the thing you love. It might be rare, in our world. But it's possible.
When my kids grow up, my hope for them is that they wake up smiling every day, excited about what's to come.
Every time I watch that video, I wish the internet had existed when I was 9, and someone had shown it to me and said:
And then told me how.
And then given me a pony.