Life of Luxsan
By Mahika Panditha
Happy Sunday everyone! We here at Happinez hope you have been keeping safe and well. Now, I am sure that most of you have come across our cover feature today. He has some of the most gorgeous travel photos I have seen and absolutely amazing content. This is Life of Luxsan (@lifeofluxsan). Before we get right into our conversation, let me tell you a little bit about Luxsan. He is a psychology graduate and has always had the passion to help people, which is why he picked psychology. He is in a family of four – a nuclear family, as he likes to say!
“Being brought up in a conservative family had its challenges. I was not allowed to go out or travel from a young age, but things changed slowly, although I still have to follow a curfew. I guess that ignited my curiosity to travel and explore and be more adventurous,” he said. Luxsan’s guilty pleasure is reality TV, and honestly, I can see why because…SAME! A small fun fact about Luxsan is that he has a big heart, but little patience. Without further ado, let’s see what Luxsan shared with Happinez readers!
First off, how did you get into content creation?
I got into content creation through Zainab Faizal, known as QueenBae on Instagram, who is a friend of mine from university. She saw my potential and suggested that I try it out. I was usually her plus one for her food reviews and I had the knowledge of how social media works in terms of online presence and what the audience looks forward to. I learnt that through her, so it wasn’t something brand new to me. That gave me a huge advantage in terms of content creating.
What is your favourite thing about being a content creator?
I guess it’s about being able to create something inspiring from your daily life. It’s about creating a new perspective. I personally enjoy capturing these moments and elevating every piece of content with my personal editing touches. Being unique is key! Don’t stick to one pose or one angle. Be creative and you should take risks. Anyone can take a picture but I believe standing out is much better than fitting in.
You also seem to travel a lot! What is your favourite place to travel to and why?
I think it’s great that you think I travel a lot. However, with climate change, we have to be more responsible in terms of our carbon footprint, so I don’t travel as often as I’d like to. But I do make sure that when the opportunity arises, I make the best out of it. For instance, I stayed back three weeks in Jaffna and spent time creating content that would probably last for the next two months. It’s all about being a responsible traveller!
Ella is a must-visit place for sure. I took a risk and went to Ella for three days on my own, which is the first solo trip I did. I learnt so much about myself because I only had myself to count on and that helped me a lot in terms of responsibilities and also maturity. My favourite moment from the trip to Ella was when I got to witness the sunrise – I still remember that day like yesterday.
How has Covid-19 affected your travelling and content creation?
Obviously, during the lockdown period, it was our responsibility to stay home to save lives. But as the restrictions have eased up, there’s now a huge demand for travel. Also, with the hospitality industry being affected at large, they can really do with more occupancy. However, it’s important to travel safely, especially by sticking to the guidelines and maintaining social distancing. The “new normal” isn’t about going back to how it was, but creating a change.
Aside from this, you are also a therapist co-ordinator and autism researcher. What inspired you to choose this career path?
I was a victim of a horrible traumatic experience at a young age that I did not know was happening to me till I unconsciously opened up about it to my guidance counsellor in my high school. Just to clarify, I completed my high school education in New Zealand. Being in therapy for almost three years helped me overcome the trauma and that was when I decided to study psychology. Helping someone or even one person gave me the ultimate motivation to do better by myself because I don’t let one incident define who I am.
What is your opinion on the status of mental health and wellbeing in Sri Lanka?
I think there’s a lot we can improve. The ratio between patient and psychological healthcare isn’t at its best equilibrium. Furthermore, with the stereotypical notion attached to getting treated for mental health, the taboo is still significant for most. However, with many organisations and social media portraying a positive, proactive image and highlighting the importance of mental health, it will definitely bring about the change we need to see.
If you could give your followers one message, what would it be?
The only message I would like to share with anyone who’s reading this would be to be yourself. Be you and be true. Do not change for anyone. I have been there and lost myself so many times. People will always say something negative, but surround yourself with people who will uplift you. I am blessed with some amazing friends in my life who have literally become family. I would love to thank and mention one of my best friends, Christina, for helping me through my life and supporting me in all my adventures. She keeps me grounded.
Where do you see yourself and your platform in the next few years?
I hope to travel overseas to create more exciting content. I also want to bring together my knowledge in psychology and my passion for social work into my content creation. It’s important for me to send across a message with every post I create, harnessing more attention and creating awareness, which is extremely important in this day and age.
PHOTOS Christina Niranjan, Disso Kanth, Tharshan Ravi, Zainab Faizal