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Daily Helping for January 1st, 2021 – Beth David and Esteban Bravo – In a Heartbeat

An image from a scene in the animated short In a Heartbeat, where the main characters' heart is pulling him towards his crush.

It’s a new year! We made it! Battered and bruised, but we made it! As I said yesterday, this doesn’t mean that everything is automatically better, but it’s finally a new year. And as 2020 proved time and time again, truly anything is possible. Nothing is outside the realm of possibility, both the good and the bad. And to kick off the year in the good column, today’s helping is the beautiful short film In a Heartbeat by filmmakers Beth David and Esteban Bravo. And yes, before you ask, this one made me cry, just like all the others. But they were happy tears, because this film is a joy to watch.

In a nutshell, this film is about a young boy who has a crush. So much so, that his heart literally beats out of his chest and sets off in pursuit of his heart’s desire. It’s a simple but beautiful premise, and it perfectly encapsulates the terror and embarrassment that can often come with young love and first crushes. That being said, it’s also beautifully tender in the way the story plays out.

But the main reason I love this film so much is the design of the heart itself. I mean, just look at that adorable face. This little heart flies through this film with an awestruck smile on its face; gleefully, unabashedly, and wholeheartedly leading with love. It’s why I decided that In a Heartbeat was the perfect film to start the new year off right. We have no idea what 2021 has in store for us. I hope this year will be better than the last, but the truth is, no one knows what is going to happen. All I know is this. This year I’m going to do my best to channel this little heart, and no matter what happens in 2021, I’m going to meet each new day with love and wonder.

Suggestions for artists I should check out? Please contact me with your ideas. I hope you enjoyed your daily helping of art!