In my last post, I mentioned a video coming up that is taking a lot of guts for me to share. A lot. Well, today is your lucky day, because this is where I share it.
Back in November, my good friend and coworker Garrett invited me to participate in an awesome project his friend Michael is creating called “This Wisdom Project”. Taken straight from their website, here is what This Wisdom Project is all about:
The intention of This Wisdom Project is to bridge generational, cultural, and regional gaps by showing the similarities we share as humans. We are expanding compassion, understanding and connectedness for all people through the experiences of each other.
This Wisdom Project is about looking backward and moving forward. We are taking the life experiences of many and condensing them into a series of short videos to share each person’s wisdom with the rest of the world. It’s about taking another’s experience and enriching your life with their words. It’s about connecting with someone from a different time, place, or walk of life and discovering that we are all different and all the same.
It sounded like a cool idea so I agreed to come into the office on a Saturday to let Michael film an interview with me for this project. Michael is from the Salt Lake Valley (he and Garrett attended high school together) but now lives in Chicago and was only in town for a few days. He is trying to get many people to do this so he can show people from all walks of life. I learned while talking to him that he would eventually even like to go international. How cool!
He set up his camera in one of the offices, had me sit down, kicked Garrett out since people tend to answer more honestly when they don’t have an audience and then proceeded to film my answers to questions. (no pressure right?!)
I have to warn you before I let you watch my video. The interview felt very much like a therapy session. From the get go, the questions were very personal and very deep. I am a highly emotional person – aka I cry SUPER easily. So with this already being a very emotional interview and talking about very personal things, I held it together as long as I could. But at the end, before the last question is asked, what you don’t get to see is Michael asking me to close my eyes and picture that today is my last day on earth. I’m dying tomorrow. What is important to me? WHO is important to me? And then he asks me the final question. I’m in tears before he even gets there. So I’m sorry you have to see my ugly cry face.
Ok, now you can watch it. But I want you to actually go to This Wisdom Project’s website so rather than embed the video, please click —-> HERE.
I hope you’ll take the time to watch other videos, too. Watch Garrett’s (don’t hate me, G). Watch one from someone in a completely different part of life from you. There are filters at the top of the page that let you choose location or age ranges or categories, so you can find someone who is seemingly different from you. I think what you will find is exactly what this project is all about – even though we are different and go through different things, we are all the same. We care about similar things, we have similar dreams and all value love, acceptance and goodness. Yet there is still so much we can learn from each other.
Now it’s your turn: What wisdom would you leave for future generations?
Note: As mentioned in this post, my answer to the “regrets” question has changed for the better since this video was filmed. I love progression 🙂