Colony of Losers- Fuck Stigma and Mental Illness, I'm like 25

Surviving your Quarter Life Crisis and becoming an adult

The Polish Movers

The other night I went home. Pretty tired. Ordered ubereats. Like a lot of uber eats. The expensive kind. And I was just sitting there and my door opened. Well really the lock broke and then the door opened. And you know in moments like that you sort of think of what you’d do. You’d [...]

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Butterflies

Fucking butterflies Am I right? Like stay inside your cocoons you sophisticated flying magnificent piece of shit I’ve spent a lot of time hating butterflies for causing all those forest fires Like they were doing anything other than trying to enjoy their brief time Where they were able to fly Like their actions were a [...]

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Eyes closed searching for miracles

We are a society of people looking for a miracle with our eyes closed. We are armed with a million tools to make sure we’re comfortable. Ensconced in our narrative and with the knowledge we know ourselves like actors typecast after their first performance. With headphones over our ears. Our eyes on things that haven’t [...]

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The Thing To Get To The Thing

It’s easy to forget that creating art isn’t the most important thing about being alive. We all have our all consuming obsessions. Compulsions that get us out of our head for a short time and allow us to project majestic images of how we want to be seen. One of my favorite shows, Halt and [...]

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A Very Special Episode

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 [...]

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20th Century Women

I’m 15 minutes into rewatching Mike Mills movie 20th Century Women. And there is a part where the son plays a game where he hyperventilates as another kid pushes on his chest. He passes out and can’t come to. His friend runs as fast as she can. Until she reaches his mother. His mother sits [...]

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I’m Here For This

As I was meditating in a crowded room I started thinking about the difference between thinking and eating. If you had a moldy sandwich you wouldn’t take a second bite. But we’re fascinated by our worst thoughts and dedicate endless time to explore them. Not because we enjoy the feeling but because we are looking [...]

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Your Heart Is A Genius

For some reason this phrase keeps repeating in my brain. Your heart is a genius. It goes along with other butchered buddhist phrases I mutter to myself as I wake up in the morning. What I take this sentence to mean is the difference between head and heart and it’s really, really simple. Your head [...]

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Glotka’s wisdom

Joe Abercrombie is my big recommendation for anyone who enjoyed Game of Thrones and wanted their dark fantasy with a little more funny. In his First Law trilogy his breakout (Tyrion level character) is named Sand Dan Glotka. In his rosy past Glotka was the foremost duellist in the Union. Until he bravely dashed into [...]

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The Space Between Fingertips

In Michelangelo’s the “Creation of Adam” God reaches down to touch Adam and create mankind. For my entire life I’ve been fascinated by this picture. I have never researched anything about the original reason this piece of art was made. I only know what I think of the space between God and Adam’s fingers. In [...]

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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 twitter.com/colonyoflosersand twitter.com/quimbo. 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.

    Really obvious disclaimer:
    I’m not a trained psychologist. Just a fellow traveler. If you need help seek it from the professionals. The Canadian Mental Health Association provides a help locator. You can find crisis resources provided by the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention. If you are in the states check here. It will give you services by zip code. I’d also recommend checking out Mindyourmind.ca. I think they do great work and have been a help to me personally.

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