On Saturday, November 14th, Vancouver hosted its sixth TEDxVancouver at Rogers Arena. With 4,000 tickets sold and nearly 3,200 participants in the live stream who watched the talks at home, the event boasted 12 guest speakers who took the stage to contribute to a dialogue around this year’s theme: Identity.
Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armour yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you. – George RR Martin
One of my favourite talks was by Scott C. Jones, writer and co-host of Electric Playground. Scott wasted no time once he got onstage, wooing the audience with his sense of humour. Scott’s story, (and I’d encourage readers to watch the video link I’ve included at the bottom of this post), touched briefly on his “medical nightmare” which involved open-heart surgery at only 30-something years old.
After his surgery, Scott traded in the proverbial bucket list for what he calls, the Fuck It List.
The Fuck It List is your list of things that you should say, Fuck It to and let go of so you can focus on the things that truly matter in this lifetime. I had the opportunity to chat with Scott backstage with the live stream team, and was happy to see that the wry sense of humor was no ploy to engage the audience.
A big moment for me was when I realized I was on social media with my mom. I just want to be with the people I love and do the things that I love. Doing a TED Talk should really be on your Fuck It List. But I had to say yes to this. – Scott C. Jones
Inspired by Scott’s talk, I wrote my own Fuck It List to purge the negative thoughts and useless actions in our lives. Read on, friends, if you care to get a bit of inspiration before you say Fuck It to your own list of life’s excess.
- Pointless guilt
- Cheap shit. I’ve bought cheap shoes, cheap clothing, and cheap makeup. None of it lasts. I end up short on dollars, and with lots of garbage.
- Self-censored writing. Don’t overthink the words before you can even write them down. I want to get better at putting pen to page and editing afterwards.
- Dedicating time to pals who don’t do the same for me. If you don’t respect me and my time, don’t expect much from me.
- Envy. I am so envious of talented, beautiful, intelligent people. I want to get better at appreciating and respecting people’s accomplishments, without taking it as a slight against me.
Here’s the link to Scott’s talk, if anyone’s interested in hearing Scott’s Fuck It List.
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