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The Hero's Journey (Write/Speak/Code 2019)

Alex Qin
August 18, 2019

The Hero's Journey (Write/Speak/Code 2019)

I took a sabbatical in October 2018 after a very difficult year, both personally and professionally. I stopped working and traveled by myself for three months, during which I started the slow and deep process of healing. This talk (which might feel more like poetry at times) aims to share some wisdom I have gathered on this journey -- that this industry, this world, wounds us and that we need to heal and transform ourselves in order to transform anything else.

Alex Qin

August 18, 2019
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  51. “I drove him, drove them all, 
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    be bold, be perfect—be the greatest. 
 What I did not do was drive them 
 to be whole, to be free. ” 
 Casey Gerald
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  57. “My question at the time was simply: What is wrong

    with me? Ever wonder that? If so, my final admonition is this: Stop. Drop whatever's in your hand. Leave your basket in the aisle. Retrace your steps out the door. Find the crack. Try to find its source, understand its reason, excuse or not. Try. That is all I knew to do.” 
 Casey Gerald
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  62. “I don’t want us to have to work twice as

    hard to have to prove our humanity. I don’t want to die for social change like our ancestors did.”
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  91. “I realized I wasn’t upholding my end of the sacred

    bargain: My life is a miracle that cannot be recreated. I can never get these hours, weeks, years back.
 
 Each day should be lived on purpose.” 
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  107. “Small is good, small is all. (The large is a

    reflection of the small.)” 
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  110. where are my motives?
 
 what would I do if

    no one was watching?
 how do I act out of love for myself?
 does this get me closer to being whole & free?
  111. “Nothing is required of me more than being, and creating.

    Simultaneously being present with who I am, who we are as a species... and creating who we must become, and within that who I must become.” 
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  113. “I drove him, drove them all, 
 to be first,

    be bold, be perfect—be the greatest. 
 What I did not do was drive them 
 to be whole, to be free. ” 
 Casey Gerald
  114. “We heal ourselves, 
 and we heal in relationship, 


    and from that place, simultaneously, 
 we create more space for healed communities, healed movements, 
 healed worlds.” 
 adrienne maree brown
  115. “The only way to deal with an unfree world is

    to become so absolutely free that 
 your very existence is an act of rebellion.” 
 Albert Camus
  116. “Transform yourself to transform the world”
 
 Grace Lee Boggs

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  121. “I have a radio. It picks up only two stations:

    Life and Death. 
 I turn the death off, now that I know the sound. 
 The diddy bop of death. 
 I sit in silence if I have to.” 
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  123. “Not trying to get by I’m trying to get free”

    
 Mereba
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