I always thought meeting a celebrity or role model would ultimately end in disappointment. After all, who could live up to the high standards I created for them in my mind? Well, last Friday I finally put on my big-girl panties and met a personal idol of mine, Hannah Hart. Hannah, or Harto, is the mind behind the YouTube sensation My Drunk Kitchen, but there is much more to this petite bundle of energy than a bottle of wine and a pun-filled cooking session. While we have hardly anything in common (seriously, who can eat olives out of a can but doesn’t like doughnuts?!) that’s really not a reason to look up to someone. It’s not her likes and dislikes that intrigue me as much as her character. As adorable as she is, it is her charismatic and bubbly personality that draws you in. She is a fountain of positivity and joy that you just can’t help but want to be around. I’ve known many people who try relentlessly to project this type of positivity, but it has always come off as insincere and immediately turns me off. It was my biggest fear that this would be the case for Harto as well, but this fear could not be further from reality. Her warm and friendly personality shown the entire time I saw her and in the short time we spent volunteering, I received no less than three hugs from Hannah. How could you not look up to someone like that, even if they aren’t well known? When creating the video that thrust her into the spotlight, she was not actually aiming to become a celebrity at all. And despite this new found status, she remains humble, using this power to help others. Her Hello Harto tour, funded by fans, is based on volunteering and building community. And this is no small force she has created. In the three hours of volunteering at Northwest Harvest, we processed 6500 lbs of oats, which will become part of 5000 meals in WA. Those are amazing numbers in just 1 of the 19 stops she is making on the US and Canada leg of her tour. Seeing what a difference just one person can make really puts things into perspective and drives me to become a change maker myself. After this experience, my husband and I have decided to set aside at least one day a month to go to a local food bank and volunteer. So much of my life is food-centered; the least I can do is help someone else not have to worry about where their next meal will come from.
Now, this post may seem long-winded and unnecessary, but the take away here is that there really are good people in the world. Hannah Hart is the person I look up to and use as a model to be a better person. This may not be the case for you, but I’m sure there’s someone out there who is.
To volunteer at Northwest Harvest, visit: www.northwestharvest.org