A Story About You

Rated 4.90/5 based on 20 reviews
As you will see, this story is a story about you. Deal with this however you like. It’s really no one’s business but your own. But first, maybe take a second and write down the exact date and time, right to the exact minute. Maybe hurry, and capture this trophy while you still can. I can't promise you that you’ll regret it if you don’t. But do I really sound like I’m *guessing*? More
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Matthew Chance reviewed on Jan. 11, 2014

I love the ending! I read this story almost 2 years ago and had my favorite professor, Darren, 4 years ago. I didn't realize how much this story changed my life. It's awesome to see how much I have changed based on my perception of this story. I have reached the steps for my goal and it's so good to take those steps as my purpose gets bigger and bigger. How awesome to have experienced all of this!
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Daniel Mitchell reviewed on Sep. 13, 2012

It's odd that you find a story that has affected your life decisions before you were introduced to it...

I read this months ago, but revisited it and am stirred to comment due to the review left by Elfwreck. I disagree with his assessment of the stories pertinence and target audience. Nor do I think it denies the existence of external forces on ones life. Rather, it highlights the importance of EVERY life decision. The story is beneficial for everyone who is still breathing. It's never too late to change the course of your life and the legacy you leave behind. For example, lets examine the use to say...someone in prison. No they cannot go back and undo egregious actions that removed them for society, yet they can modify their behavior to become productive individuals. Perhaps they reach out and simply offer a heartfelt apology to those they wronged. Maybe they create the next beautiful work of art; a children's book that gets published and positively molds the lives of youths around the globe.

How often do we go through daily activities as if they were mundane and unimportant only to look back years later and see those very actions shaped who we have become? Or simply realize how precious life is, and how very short our time is on the Earth? If we had the foresight to remind ourselves these things (without having to lose a loved one, death tends to put things into perspective - even if only temporarily) we would all be better off.
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Elfwreck reviewed on July 22, 2012

Terrific story for college students. Potentially good for those facing a mid-life crisis, or a major opportunity. I'm not sure it'd be that good for people actually on their deathbed. And it's not much for those who've already spent time examining their choices and the reasons for them, and made their peace with the consequences of those choices. Not sure it's any good for someone in prison, or war refugees, either.

It's a philosophy essay disguised as a story. It should be published as a tiny hardcover with semi-abstract artwork, a few lines on each page, and shelved along with Jonathan Livingston Seagull. Like JLS, it invites you to examine your life and your motives; also like JLS, it denies the existence of external forces on your life.

It's obviously supposed to be an affirmation and encouragement; it could easily turn into a guilt trip instead. And it's almost useless for those people who lack the power and skill to take control of their own lives and reshape their destinations--and because of that, I'm only giving it three stars. It's easily five for its target audience, but nothing in the description lets you know who that is.
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Adam Drake reviewed on July 14, 2012

Bam! The ending hits you like a freight train! Great story.
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Bryanna K reviewed on July 8, 2012

I liked the story, at parts it really made me think about things I should be or could be doing. Very moving. I wish the end was a little different, after all the questioning but the questioning was so touching that it doesn't really matter much anyhow.
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Michelle Signer reviewed on July 2, 2012
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I was sent this story by one of my very best friends. She was a student of Darren's and I came with her to his class once.I remember the class being educational, fun and rewarding. I only wish I was lucky enough to have had Darren as a Prof for a whole semester!

When I read this story the tears just started flowing... this is a life changing story and EVERYONE you know needs to read it. Thank you so much Darren, from the very bottom of my heart.
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Robert McLeod reviewed on May 22, 2012

I can honestly say that Darren was the most memorable and unique prof I ever had. I'll never forget his stories, his fill in the blank quizzes, his impossible to read assigned books, his questions and his views.

Our first day of class, he broke us up into groups and every class after, he made sure we met new people. He used to say that our "George or Elaine" could be in that class and if we didn't meet them, then it was his fault.

Well, I'm happy to say that I met a great friend named Danielle in that class and we still keep in touch. We went for lobster last week and I told her about this story and promptly emailed her a link.

When I read this story, it seemed to be like to many others I had read but as it went on, I started to get chills as I knew there was something different. I didn't know what but when I got to the end, I knew. I started crying because I felt so powerful and alive, like I had been awakened to the possibilities of this world. I've been seeing new things over the past few years in what I do but this story was like the last piece of the puzzle.

I cannot thank Darren enough for the impact he's had on my life. I hope more people are able to read this story. I know I'll be sharing it with my friends.
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Patrick Haley reviewed on May 1, 2012

It is rare to read a book that inspires you do something. "A Story About You" inspired me get off my ass and do something with my life. It inspired me to create something. It inspired me to take chances and to embark on the everlasting journey to find meaning on this little slice of heaven flying through space. A truly inspiring must-read for people of all ages.
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Jessica Raeke reviewed on May 1, 2012

Writing this review, it's hard to form my feelings about this story into words. Several months ago, Darren told my class this story. A story about life and how you live it. I can still remember the exact way I felt in first hearing it. Eyes closed, the room completely silent but for Darren telling this story. My story. As he spoke it was easy to put myself there. Like I'd been there before. And I think that I have. I remember as I left the classroom that day and drove home, the stunned silence I felt and the feelings in my chest of worry and hope and fear and regret all rolled into one.

I've been waiting, ever since that day, for this story to be put out into the world for others to hear. For this story will cause such an intense upheaval in your life and really change how you live it. Even just reading this story now, a story I already know, has brought tears to my eyes. I'm so grateful to Darren for sharing this with me and now with everyone and I will not hesitate to send this story to everyone that I know. They need to hear it. They need to hear their story.

Thank you, Darren. Thank you as a teacher, as a mentor, as a storyteller, a philosopher, and someone who has given me a second chance.
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theGUESTofHONOR reviewed on May 1, 2012

This is fantastic quality literature! A written incantation reminiscent of the "Yes Man" motivation we can all use in our lives at times. I was referred to this story by the love of my life and reading prompted recognition of most revelatory epiphany in my life...You are only here now and will never be again, be aware and always live with this in mind. As always life finds a way to reignite my fire as it seems to start to dwindle. Spread Love, Seek Truth!
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