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Daily Helping for April 11th, 2021 – Yes Day

A photo still from the movie Yes Day, showing a family in a car, all dressed in outrageous outfits, going through a carwash with the windows down and getting soaking wet.

Yes Day is not the best film ever made. But it is cute, funny, and has all the hallmarks of feel good family fun. It’s never going to win the Best Picture Oscar, but I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end. And there is a reason why I’m featuring it today of all days.

Today marks the halfway point of the Daily Hart challenge. For those of you who may have joined this journey in progress, I’ll quickly catch you up. The Daily Hart was an idea I had three years ago to challenge myself to experience a new work of art/artist every day, and then write about it. For three years, this idea fermented in my brain, but I always held off on pulling the trigger on the project, because the idea of publicly committing to a daily writing project for a whole year scared me. What if I couldn’t keep up with a daily blog? What if I started this project and didn’t finish it? What if, what if, what if???

And then 2020 happened. And last fall, after a spectacularly difficult month, I decided to throw caution to the wind. I know that I am never more happy than when I’m experiencing art in all its forms, and I was at the point where I really needed some joy in my life. I knew that the Daily Hart would be a lot of work. But I also knew that it would make me happy, so I decided to just go for it. And now here we are. I’m halfway through this year-long challenge, and the Daily Hart has become the best part of my day. In the past six months, I have watched incredible films, discovered a newfound passion for dance and spoken word poetry, gone down the K-pop rabbit hole, featured artists from over 40 different countries, and become familiar with 182 incredible and new (to me) artists.

Which brings me back to today’s daily helping. Yes Day is a film about a family who decides to spend one day saying “Yes!” to everything. Of course, many zany adventures ensue, and of course, the characters all learn things about themselves along the way. And I couldn’t think of a more perfect work of art to feature for the halfway point of the Daily Hart. I have learned so much and discovered so many artists, many of whom continue to bring me joy on a daily basis. But mostly, after three years of dithering, I’m so grateful that I finally took the plunge and said “Yes!” to the Daily Hart. Here’s to the next six months!

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