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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Review by: Matthew Chance 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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Review by: Daniel Mitchell 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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Review by: Elfwreck 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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Review by: Adam Drake on July 14, 2012 :
Bam! The ending hits you like a freight train! Great story.
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Review by: Bryanna K on July 08, 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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Review by: Michelle Signer on July 02, 2012 : (no rating)
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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Review by: Robert McLeod 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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Review by: Patrick Haley on May 01, 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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Review by: Jessica Raeke on May 01, 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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Review by: theGUESTofHONOR on May 01, 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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Review by: Shawna-Leigh Baker on April 30, 2012 :
This story was one of the best worst things that could have happened to me as an undergrad. I was content with just "doing college" and only daydreaming about what could be mine one day, if/when I eventually had the time...

After hearing this story as a naive 23 year old, I was no longer content or comfortable with that. I couldn't bear the thought that THIS was already my second chance! I couldn't live THIS life with any regret like possibly had the first time around. No way.

Potential readers be warned: you will live a much more dangerous life, I believe, after reading this. No more what ifs, you just do it!

This story played a huge part in my deciding to quit my stable job over a year ago and start up my own company. I was terrified, but I just did it. There are no more what ifs, I just did it and I couldn't be happier with the decision! One of the best decisions of my life!!!

Thank you Darren! You ARE one of my life's biggest inspirations!!! I have never looked at the world the same since knowing you. I was a little traumatized by your *cat* story the first time I heard it. But I had to let you know, now my mice just keep getting bigger, and faster and smarter... And I absolutely love it.
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Review by: Stephanie Smith on April 30, 2012 :
The first time I heard this story I was intrigued and curious, with a silent awareness. There is a certain responsibility that comes with this kind of eerie knowledge. The knowledge that this is your second chance. This is your time to do it all right, and to not hold back. At first, this story may leave you breathless. You may reflect on your life, your goals, and what’s important to you. You may try to change your life, for the better. And as time moves on, it can be hard to resist getting swept up by the day-to-day workings of life. You may slowly forget this story, and it may fade into the back of your mind. But. When you least expect it, the memory of it all will come creeping back. You will remember where you were when you first heard this story, and the way it made you feel. It will creep up on you in the most curious ways, when you know you are on the right path. This story truly is about you, just like the story of your life.
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Review by: Robert Smith on April 29, 2012 :
Interesting story with a touch of the old 'Twilight Zone' series about it, and a serious consideration of the decisions we make and the opportunities we miss.
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Review by: Stefanie White on April 29, 2012 :
When I first heard this story I thought I was unaffected. I'd 'heard it all before' and it was something I had' already considered'. But then I started changing. Sentences from the story (said in a funny accent) would pop into my head as I tried to talk myself out of asking someone on a date. I kept asking myself 'Why not?' (And I got that impossible date, btw.)

This story helped me realize that life *matters*. That my life matters; what I do with my time is precious. I can't just sit back and think how great it would be to do what I really want. Suddenly the ache I felt knowing that there were other things I wanted to do turned into outright torture. And I stopped. I stopped living some else's life. I changed the definition of what I should be doing with myself into what I want and what I think matters.

This story allowed me to change the medium in which I live. The barrier I kept between myself and the rest of the world for whatever strange reasons I had suddenly made no sense and I was free.

I fear what would have become of me had I not heard this story, if I couldn't read it again. I am truly afraid of the life that I would have lived, in a glass coffin, alive and watching everything happen around me. And so I recommend this story to everyone. To the people I love, to the people who matter, to people I don't even know, to people who don't exist yet. It's not just my story, it's *yours* too.
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Review by: Mark Newton on April 28, 2012 :
I find The Story of You to be a gem of a modern parable. I've loved it and have not forgotten it since I first heard it. Contained in the few easy-to-share pages of this story (of you) is a bit of timeless wisdom, crystallized into a tale that stands to get inside your mind in a very intuitive way.

'Waiting to act until conditions improve' is a gateway drug, leading to 'waiting to act until conditions are perfect.' A wary understanding this process is ALWAYS relevant, and instrumental in making something to be proud of out of your life, lest time sweep you under.

It took 2 years and hearing the story for the 3rd time for it to affect any of my decisions in a way that I could notice, but I am sure that my deeper workings were affected right away, and I've gained a lot of freedom because of it.
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Review by: Eli Marquez on April 27, 2012 :
This story is the worst thing that could have ever happened to me. I was very happy with just looking at what could be mine and thinking it would be mine, if only I had the time. I can only sincerely warn the potential readers to please stop at my comment if they are comfortable. There is nothing like feeling you have already denied yourself the same opportunity once in a different life and you can't let it happen again.
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Review by: Rhonda Tipton on April 27, 2012 :
This eBook by Darren Domsky really made me think about decisions I have made, decisions I am making and decisions I will make before I die. It is definitely worth the read.
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Review by: Brittany Senger on April 26, 2012 :
It was my first day of my sophomore year of college – the day my life was forever changed. That was the day that I wandered into Darren’s class and heard this story for the very first time. You may wonder how a little story can have such a tremendous impact on someone’s life; but prepare yourself (yes I’m talking to YOU) because today is your day.

It has been five years since I first heard this story, and I have heard it many times since, but the effect it has is always the same. It’s funny how five minutes can change everything you’ve ever thought you knew about yourself and about your life. This story forces you to evaluate – and I mean *really* evaluate – every choice, big or small, that you make. I think that it is absolutely necessary that everyone has the opportunity to experience the impact that this story can have.

If you want to live a life that you are proud of, a life you’ll be proud to tell your future children (or maybe not) of, then you MUST read this story. It is NEVER too late to become the person you have always wanted to be. The only person who is holding you back from your dreams is you – and after hearing this story those excuses won’t be quite as convincing as they once were.

Thank you *SO* much for posting this story Darren, it will most definitely have an impact on each and every one of its readers. And YOU (yes you!) you should thank him too! This is your story after all! Now don’t make the same mistake twice, read this story and read it well… this is your last chance!
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Review by: Shelley Hulbert on April 26, 2012 :
Are you curious? Curious about how this story could possibly be about you? Because, it is; it is about you. It is about how closely you are paying attention to your life, today, right now. And it is about knowing that, perhaps, you are experiencing a second chance to do things differently. Will you? Will you stop and close your eyes after reading this story and think? Really think?

Darren Domsky writes with clarity and insight. He is a talented young philosopher with the rare gift to challenge and entice self-reflection in anyone who does, or is tempted to, question life and what it’s all about.

So read your story. It is yours, isn’t it? Let it linger in the back of your mind. Let its message change your approach to life. Let it make a difference.

Ah. You see it now, right?
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Review by: Joshua Pinter on April 26, 2012 :
This story is powerful. It throws us into a confrontation with our future self, the future life that we will create for ourself through various choices and decisions.

So much in life is focused on the instant gratification and indeed has become the default. The cheese burger instead of the healthy meal and a workout, that new car you can barely afford instead of a used one and a bicycle, a warm bed today instead of remaining single and looking for the right person.

It's so easy to forget that you really do have a choice over a lot of what happens to you and the life you end up living. Every moment is an opportunity to turn it all around. Each decision you make for the better will start to build upon itself, creating a positive feedback loop. Likewise, the same is true for each decision you make for the worse.

Whenever you're faced with a conscious decision, and they happen hundreds of times a day, there's always an option A and an option B. Option A is the right thing to do while option B is the lazy or easy way to do it. Choose option A and be the curator of your future life.

This story forces us to rethink the way we're living our life and to think about our future as a story of our own that we're writing one choice at a time.

I had the privilege of having Darren tell us this story in person during one of his powerful University Philosophy classes. He instructed us to close our eyes and he shared the story aloud. It was incredibly moving, literally changing my direction in life and what I ended up doing.

I encourage everyone to read this story and, perhaps, read it aloud to your close friends and family, instructing them to close their eyes as you narrate it.

Best Wishes,

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Review by: Kacie Adams on April 26, 2012 :
It's difficult to say what reading this story means. It's even more difficult to express what this story does to you - and yes, I mean you. As silly as it seems, this story is most *definitely* for you. It is important read A Story About You. There's no way around it. It's curious and piercing and eye-opening and altogether *necessary*, in my opinion. I think you'll feel the same way, once you get that sensation in the center of your chest that I have: the buzzy, expanding, almost-but-not-quite worried feeling that begs you to address it as soon as possible. It's almost like this story is on a mission, and it's shockingly good at achieving its goal. When I think of this story, I think "This story isn't just some sad attempt to change your life. This story WILL change your life, and it does it flawlessly, succinctly, and immediately." And that's why you have to read it. You have to know.
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Review by: Maurice Boone, Jr on April 25, 2012 : (no rating)
Wow very good story,makes think back on my life. When people say live your life,do it. So you wont be left wondering,what if?
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