Maire: So first things first: Tell me and our readers a little bit about yourself. Who are you and what is your connection with Dream on youth?Can you tell me some things about yourself that maybe we don't already know? What is there to Seth Rinehart that we don't see through your social media/music?
Seth: I'm Seth Rinehart, a songwriter from Ohio. A lover of music, cats, pizza, and running. I heard of DOY through Maire and Cydney, who recommended I should join the team and I did so gladly since its sole goal is helping people to live a better life and feel loved.
Oh gosh, that's a tough one. I try to be pretty open on social media for the sake of helping people going through similar things. It might seem obvious to people who know me but I've always had a drastically unrealistic view of how to live life. Most people want to find their person and have a family. Meanwhile, I spend most nights contemplating moving to 5 different countries and traveling the world doing who knows what helping as many people as possible and living an absurdly non-normal life for a while (gladly). Basically, normalcy and living to get comfortable doesn't tickle my fancy.
M: You're quite the dreamer, just like most of our team at DOY. It's inspiring to see. You mentioned you're open in order to help people with similar struggles. Was it hard to do so in the beginning?
S: Oh was it ever. For most of my life, I lived under this really messed up belief that if we don't talk about our problems they'll eventually go away. But all it really does is bottle up your pain until that bottle gets so heavy that it sinks and tries to take you with it. But I moved to Nashville for about half a year, and after that half year, I hit a wall. I couldn't hide that brutal pain and fear anymore, so I let it out. I talked to my parents as much as they could understand, then our doctor, then a counselor. And the funny part was that the more I talked about my personal struggles for the sake of hoping others could relate and feel better about their struggles, the more I felt a weight coming off my shoulders too. It was like this mutual brightening of hearts, but it wasn't until I stopped passively aggressive talking about how bad things were, and started trying to fix them and talk it out. That was when things started to change me and it seemed to really help a few people along the way.
M: And with that being said why is it important to you to share your story?
S: Personally I think we're storytellers by nature. We help people all the time when they need advice, and it usually starts out with, "One time I was..." which is A STORY. We are creatures who learn by others who have been there first. But in the age of social media, we've kinda lost the storytelling and shifted to telling the 10% best part of the story that we think will make people think we're the best story ever. And it's a shame because most people really need to hear the whole story to really learn the lesson. We need the good, the bad, the ugly, the sad, the boring, everything! The only way people can learn is for you to tell your story so they can relate and find their own moral of the story from yours.
M: Very interesting take and so true! Social is definitely a game changer because it's all about the highlights. But it doesn't have to be! That's where DOY comes in.
You've been close with the DOY team and our purpose for quite some time now so you are familiar with our hashtag #selfworthwednesday. What I want to know is this: what does #sww mean to you?
S: Oh wow... Self Worth Wednesday is more important than I can describe right now. No one feels good enough or pretty enough or worth... anything. Comparisons have really messed up our self-worth. It's all about giving people the chance to understand that they can love who they've been made as, while not being 'cocky'. To love yourself enough to see your self-worth is really really important.
M: Why do you think it's important for hashtags like #sww to be a part of social media?
S: I think with some of the noise and nonsense going on sometimes it's really important to put some empowerment back into the world too. So people can have importance and positivity pour into their lives in the same amounts (or more) that we find negativity thrown around.
If I'm not sitting in front of my laptop typing out the next great American novel then you'll probably find me curled up in bed devouring a book. I grew up in a ballet studio finding it best to express myself through the graceful movement. I'm currently trying to live up to Taylor Swift's ideal image of what 22 should look like while encouraging others to follow their dreams. A successful night for me is fulled with good food, laughter, conversations about everything and nothing, and did I mention food? I'm at my happiest singing along to my favorite songs with artists that inspire me, opening my heart up on stage and having meaningful conversations with good friends.