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Weekly Report #51 - Lawrence the Star Chaser and Illness



This article is a record and reflection on the life of the week from 2023-11-22 to 2023-11-29.

This week, both my senior sister and I were infected with influenza A and almost stayed at home for recuperation. Falling ill has had a significant impact on our daily life and work. We finished recording the podcast we mentioned last time and chatted for over an hour. We spent the weekend resting, but on Sunday, we struggled to go out and chase after the star deer Lawrence offline. After the fever subsided, we went to the hospital for a check-up just in case. Fortunately, there was nothing serious, but we still have to wait for a full recovery. There were also many interesting things that happened.

Star Deer Lawrence#

A long time ago, I started to streamline my sources of information and the time spent on various media platforms. The number of people I follow decreased to less than 100. However, Bilibili is still the app I open every day, and "Star Deer Lawrence" is the main reason.


I started following him about three or four years ago. At that time, Brother Deer often traveled to seek himself, leaving behind many memories in Japan. Whether it was because of some similar scenery or his lonely yet intensely passionate attitude towards the world, I always felt that his camera work and storytelling had a beauty similar to Hirokazu Kore-eda's films. Later, in one of his Q&A sessions, I heard that his favorite director was indeed Hirokazu Kore-eda. Just as I suspected.


Later, he met Teacher Mi.

I watch every episode of their videos as soon as they are released. Watching his videos gradually include more scenes with Teacher Mi, there are stories about him and his cat, conversations with his past self from ten years ago, and a sense of year-end summarization. And recently, there was even a marriage proposal. It's hard for me to describe the kind of beauty that exists between them. They both have their own lives and pursuits, moving forward on their own paths, but they are also attracted to each other, saving each other from loneliness.

At that time, I was also searching for my own path - "Confessions of a 23-Year-Old: Pursuing Meaning". I was confused and didn't know what to do, but I stubbornly pursued the meaning of life itself. Later, I experienced the pain of studying abroad for what I wanted to do, the loss of loved ones, and the confusion caused by changes in life. When I was feeling extremely sad, I would repeatedly watch Brother Deer's videos and find a sense of empathy in his storytelling, which gave me strength. Later, I started raising cats and recorded these bits of life through writing. I used year-end summaries to say some words to myself and regained the courage to live. After that, I often received feedback from readers who found resonance or drew strength from my words. Suddenly, I realized that this seemed to be a way of passing on the inspiration I received to more people.

This time, I happened to get a spot at Lawrence's "Today At Apple" sharing session. He talked about many stories about his creations and life itself. I was familiar with all the jokes and video details he mentioned. It made me realize that this has also become a part of my life.

He mentioned that the next video would also be a tearful one, and he used a similar silent technique as Amélie. I didn't expect it to be a marriage proposal!!! Congratulations!!!

Highlights of the Week#

This year, I really feel that my physical condition has declined. In April, I had a severe case of acute gastroenteritis. In May, I had my first sunburn (but it healed in two days). This week, I fell ill with influenza A and had a fever for a few days. There are still some lingering effects. It's really uncomfortable. I need to pay more attention to keeping warm in autumn and winter. I've been falling behind on my plans more and more, and it gives me a headache.

Also, because I've been staying at home for too long, I haven't done anything extra and I don't have much energy to cook. I hope everything will return to normal soon. This weekend, I will return to Hangzhou for a while. I can meet some colleagues and go to the long-awaited "Crazy Thursday" in Liangzhu.

Interesting Things and Objects#


Although most of the interesting input is automatically synchronized in the "Yu's Life" Telegram channel, I will still list some of them here. It feels more like a newsletter.


  • Up At the Villa, a very small book, can be considered a "suspense novel" with little plot. It has more dialogues and psychological descriptions, but it is still quite captivating and can be read in one breath. It tells a story of "desperate love". A young violinist rekindles his expectations for life because of Mary's "love" but quickly falls into despair and commits suicide. Edgar only loves the pure and flawless Mary in his memory and imagination. Rowley is a wealthy playboy, but he loves the most purely, passionately, and recklessly. Mary is contradictory. She knows her own heart clearly, but she is confused by wealth and status. However, she insists on confessing everything that has happened to her before accepting Edgar's love. Love is accompanied by a lot of utilitarianism, self-righteousness, and self-satisfaction. Perhaps only by blocking out these aspects can one truly feel the purity of love itself.
  • Neurosis and Human Growth, recommended by Homura. I read a bit every night.




  • Spy Family Season 2, Aniya is awesome!
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