What Would I Say To A “Young Hearted” Me

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If I could say anything to a young me, surprisingly enough I would not mention an impending heart attack and three years of intensive hospital care. I would simply put the seeds in mind to lead a more complete life until then. 

 

Travelling Before School. The world is very big and beautiful and this very small rectangle at the edge of Canada going to get old. 

Do Some Drugs. No, not all of them but a few more than I have done so far. Acid and cocaine are the two who immediately come to mind. Cocaine more so just to understand where the people in the movies are going when they ingest the white substance. 

Say “Yes”. Even if the answer is really no… Get in the habit of accepting every opportunity given. 

Walk The Dog. He was a peaceful best friend that was never fully appreciated. Spend some time with the old guy. 

Fight Someone. Get into a real fist fight, release all the pent up aggression into a completely mindless flurry of poorly swung punches. 

Go To An Eminem Concert. When he was huge, he gets lame later.  

Learn Carpentry From Dad. Learn a life skill and spend time with the man who loves you the most in the whole world. You won’t have them around so much in the future. 

Take Mechanics. This is just one of a list of very functional things I wish I knew now. 

Hang Out With Fun People. Not cool people. 

Visit Mom During Her Cancer. Write to her, and support her whenever you can. Do not forget this experience. I wish everyday that I knew more about her time in that place and feel awfully about not being there for her. 

Don’t Quit Soccer. It’s an awesome game. 

Be Positive. Negativity is a coping mechanism for you and a lot of people you know. Turn the tables and find a smile in all circumstances. Life is hilarious.

 

What is something you would say to your younger self? Feel free to comment below. 😀

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How to tell a great story, visualized

As an actor and a writer and enjoyer of good stories, I have learned there is only one thing that maintains consistent throughout our lives as human beings. The art of story telling.

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A good story can make a campfire that much eerier. A good story can flip a conversation at a party from completely awkward to wonderful. [ted_talkteaser id=1379]A good story can glue your nose to a book. And, on screen, a good story can rivet generation after generation.

So, uh, how do you tell one?

Andrew Stanton, the Pixar writer and director behind both Toy Story and WALL-E, has many ideas, and he shared his expertise in his TED Talk, The clues to a great story. Below, see his golden rules of storytelling visualized by Karin Hueck and Rafael Quick of the Brazilian culture and science magazine Superinteressante. Each month, the magazine’s editors take a TED Talk and give it to their graphic wizards to interpret in any way they see fit. Here, a reimagining of Stanton’s talk on stories. Via the Ugly Duckling. Just click the image…

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