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A Very Special Episode

Posted on | December 31, 2017 | No Comments

This will sound absolutely ridiculous. But I just watched an episode of TV that so profoundly broke my heart that I think it made me realize how much I love everyone in my life and how precious every day is. I cried about as hard as I have cried at anything in my life. So I wanted to follow that strange energy. And say a few things.

There are things about you that no one else has.

There are moments I’ve shared with some of you that I’ll remember for the rest of my life.

Even people who I don’t call best friends.

For some of us our most important moments are in the past but I still think about them.

About how they made me feel like I was alive just to do nothing but talk with you.

Like all the bullshit and tedium in life faded and cast a spotlight just on you and I discovered parts of myself I didn’t know were there. Love notes are always so specific. Addressed to one person. Trying to make it seem like our lives only matter as much as they fit in a poem or one romantic declaration.

Life itself is romantic. Even in years you can’t really remember, you find people and you get great days. You leave places and people but they don’t leave you. They’ll slip out in a joke. In a slightly smarter response to a ridiculous situation because they taught you something you needed to know. Life is crazy beautiful and each and everyone of you is irreplaceable and I’m glad to have met you.

PS the show was Halt and Catch Fire. Watch it.



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    Michael Kimber is a 26-year-old journalist who suffered a nervous breakdown on November 3rd, 2009. On March 28th, 2010 when he recovered from mental illness, he began writing a blog called Colony-of-losers. About falling on your face to figure out who you are and the hilarious antics of a blond jew. What began with a few friends and his mother reading has become a cult phenomenon, averaging 10,000 views a week, receiving praise from Commonwealth Award Winner Shandi Mitchell and many others. On, November 3rd, 2010, the one year anniversary of his mental breakdown he signed with Anne McDermid and Associates, the largest literary agency in Canada. In a year he went from wearing pajamas, making his couch depression HQ to leaving his hometown for the Toronto, where he exclusively wears business suits and the armor of ancient Greeks. Don't worry, he's still choking on the feet he contently sticks in his mouth and making moments awkward just by being part of them. During these struggles he met other talented bastards and drew them into his circle. Peter Diamond became his illustrator. Patrick Campbell his video editor and part time photographer. He recently added the incredibly talented John Packman as Colony of Losers Toronto photographer. Without the support of the Colony of Losers, Michael Kimber would be nothing. Welcome to the losers and the success that comes from utter and complete failure. You aren’t alone. Follow him on If you’d like to hire him for a public speaking engagement for mental health events in Toronto, like to arrange an interview, offer millions to publish his book or for another reason contact Michael please email him. And join his facebook Colony of Losers.

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