Paradoxically, one of my most fun life list items was also my most embarrassing. Rather than write a post about it, I thought it would be better to create a video and actually show you my embarrassment. Check it out below:
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I have been thinking a lot about storytelling lately. This is a skill that I want to actively work to improve upon for the rest of my life. It is a uniquely human skill and the tool I want to use to leave a legacy.
I am working on this goal in two mediums, writing and video. Luckily, writing is what provides the power behind video so these two endeavors have a lot of overlap. The immediate plan is to take some of my favorite blog posts and convert them into short videos like the one above. Eventually, I want to get me out of the videos and highlight other people's amazing stories.
I have a vision for how I want to share life list stories. This blog is part of that but ultimately I want to tell stories through episodic videos. The video above is the closest I have gotten to achieving this vision thus far. It is still too amateurish and really only 1% of what I am trying to create but it is progress nonetheless. As such, I'd love to get all of your feedback.What do you think of this approach? What can I do better?
Dear Unhappy Former Self,
At lot has changed since we parted ways…
The basic differences are easy to point out. First and foremost, I am in a lot better shape than you. I am about 60 pounds lighter and a whole lot more agile and flexible. Whereas, you got winded after a 50 ft dash to answer the phone, I can now maintain a dead sprint for half a mile at sea level without losing my breath. It might seem hard to believe but I also heal faster than you. Injuries and bruises are gone sooner for me than they are for you. The world reacts in better ways to my presence than it does to yours. When people give me a double take, it is no longer to make sure I am not trying to sneak candy into a movie theater.
I also feel a whole lot better than you. I sleep less hours but feel more rested. I have more energy but eat less sugar. My mind feels sharper but I take no medications. I am better at doing mental math, remembering names and communicating my ideas. I have improved focus, stamina and discipline. You have cheap beer and even cheaper promises.
Maybe by definition, but not in spirit.
I've been thinking a lot about BTYB / LN over the past couple weeks, which lead to the survey from yesterday (please take a minute to fill it out if you haven't already). Tonight I had a conversation about all this with Carl Zetterlund, a long time reader who is doing a segment of LN with me right now.
So, I think it's time to make some changes. Here are the problems, as I see them: