My mom had gotten a Super 8 camera to make home movies with and my brother and me got our hands on it and ran with it.
I don’t personally try to balance my work because I operate under the assumption that anyone reading or watching my stuff isn’t having a particularly balanced day anyway. But negative attitudes just amuse me more than positive ones.
Even in a gleefully negative comic there is optimism although it’s slightly hidden: It comes out through a comic character’s sheer tenacity. He keeps going and trying to find some sort of fulfillment regardless of his perpetual failure record. That’s a form of hope a form of optimism. Really hokey I know but it’s true.