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  • - I really miss performing.

  • You know, before COVID hit,

  • I was supposed to go on tour,

  • and now the only performing I do is in my living room

  • with cat-specific songs.

  • (gentle piano music)

  • And I have six cats

  • Six cats

  • If I could I'd have all the cats

  • All the cats

  • How many cats is too many cats

  • Too many cats

  • There's no such number, number

  • And I have six cats

  • Six cats

  • ♪ I wish I had infinity cats

  • Infinity cats

  • You should adopt a couple of cats

  • ♪ I have six cats

  • This is Lily

  • She's my oldest kitty

  • This is Abby

  • She's a fat tabby

  • This is Beetle

  • He's a chunky kitty

  • This is Congress

  • He's dumb and he doesn't do anything

  • And I have six cats

  • Six cats

  • If I could I'd have all the cats

  • All the cats

  • How many cats is too many cats

  • Too many cats

  • There's no such number, number

  • And I have six cats

  • Six cats

  • ♪ I wish I had infinity cats

  • Infinity cats

  • You should adopt a couple of cats

  • ♪ I have six cats

  • But I digress.

  • I think we can all agree that 2020 was,

  • well, it was a reckoning, you know,

  • a real test of our mental stability or a lack of.

  • It's just, it was just, wow.

  • Wow!

  • And I think in these dire times, you know,

  • I've noticed an uptick in pseudo spiritual peddling.

  • You can't love someone if you don't love yourself.

  • You don't know true forgiveness until you forgive yourself.

  • You can't blah, blah, blah

  • until blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

  • You know, we've all heard these phrases before.

  • And I admit, I bought them.

  • - Can I help you with anything?

  • - Yes.

  • I would like to take one oversimplification

  • in my ability to love, please.

  • - Great, that'll just be a couple of years of wasted time.

  • Should I gift wrap it?

  • - You know what?

  • Yes, I'm gonna splurge.

  • This is a gift for me, #selfcare.

  • - It's already working.

  • (Anna laughs)

  • - And sure, okay,

  • maybe there's some wisdom in this hackneyed phrase.

  • Would loving yourself deepen intimacy with another?

  • Yeah, absolutely.

  • If we can approach ourselves with self-love and acceptance,

  • we're probably more apt to open up to others,

  • be vulnerable, show them all sides of ourselves

  • instead of hiding away the parts we don't like.

  • But I ultimately hate this phrase,

  • 'cause I think it has it backwards.

  • I think loving other people

  • teaches you how to love yourself.

  • The depth of which we can give to others,

  • forgive others, love others.

  • That is a mirror to exactly how capable we are.

  • And I think across the board,

  • it is way harder to give yourself the same graces

  • that we often give to other people.

  • For most of us, that's where the work is.

  • Treating ourselves with the same generosity

  • that we give to the people we love,

  • because the way we treat ourselves typically is horrifying.

  • - Hey, you're doing a great job.

  • Thanks.

  • At being a total loser.

  • Like seriously, you're acing it. (laughs)

  • - Melissa, are you listening to your inner critic again?

  • - Yeah.

  • - Okay, get away from the mirror, girl.

  • Go.

  • Hey, great job helping your friend.

  • Thanks.

  • Be completely self-conscious.

  • Honestly, it's amazing how obnoxious you can be.

  • I don't know if I've ever met anyone more annoying.

  • (beep) You.

  • I'm Anna Akana,

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- I really miss performing.

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