Leland

Thirteen year old Leland joins me for this last scheduled episode of We’re Just Alright. He speaks with me about his entrepreneurial spirit and a few of the business he’s made a go of. Youth often have a different perspective on the world so we do a ‘lightning round’ where I ask Leland a bunch of questions and get his perspectives.

If you’d like to be on the show and share your story please email me at [email protected] , you’re also welcome to contact me there to chat or give feedback. I’m also on twitter with the handle @werejustalright.


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Lastly, the music for the show is provided by Punch Deck under a Creative Commons licence. Go check out Punch Deck’s work at punchdeck.bandcamp.com or iTunes or pretty much wherever you get your music.

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James

Everything changed for James on April 1st, 1984. He beautifully and willingly shares about his life’s mountain tops and deep valleys. He describes his journey with grief and healing, career, family, spirituality, and other major pieces of what makes most of us human. His vulnerability is refreshing and it was a joy to speak with him. Look him up on twitter @JamesPrescott77.

If you’d like to be on the show and share your story please email me at [email protected] , you’re also welcome to contact me there to chat or give feedback. I’m also on twitter with the handle @werejustalright and there’s now a subreddit to facilitate discussion on how episodes may have affected you at reddit.com/r/werejustalright . Be sure to check out the rules before posting.


If you’d like to support the show you can tell your friends about it, share it wherever you do that kind of thing, or give it a star rating on iTunes.


Lastly, the music for the show is provided by Punch Deck under a Creative Commons licence. Go check out Punch Deck’s work at punchdeck.bandcamp.com or iTunes or pretty much wherever you get your music.

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Connor

Connor takes time to tell us about his adventures and mis-adventures with living and working abroad as a digital nomad, learning about podcast editing, and having some fun with ‘fake ads’. There’s an odd detour where you can catch me improvising a song during a bathroom break.

Connor goes on to talk about his ‘obsession’ with getting digital jobs finished regardless of how long it takes and whatever else is going on around him. Creativity comes to the forefront as Connor talks about doing what he loves. He drops some wisdom about human potential and takes an optimistic view of how work can actually be fulfilling.

If you’d like to be on the show and share your story please email me at [email protected] , you’re also welcome to contact me there to chat or give feedback. I’m also on twitter with the handle @werejustalright and there’s now a subreddit to facilitate discussion on how episodes may have affected you at reddit.com/r/werejustalright . Be sure to check out the rules before posting.


If you’d like to support the show you can tell your friends about it, share it wherever you do that kind of thing, give it a rating or head over to patreon.com/werejustalright to support the show financially.
Donations are greatly appreciated and go towards costs associated with producing the show.


Lastly, the music for the show is provided by Punch Deck under a Creative Commons licence. Go check out Punch Deck’s work at punchdeck.bandcamp.com or iTunes or pretty much wherever you get your music.

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Agust Rambles – 03

In this episode I address the state of the podcast. Where it came from, where it went and where it may or may not be going. As always feel free to contact me. the information is below.

If you’d like to be on the show and share your story please email me at [email protected] , you’re also welcome to contact me there to chat or give feedback. I’m also on twitter with the handle @werejustalright and there’s now a subreddit to facilitate discussion on how episodes may have affected you at reddit.com/r/werejustalright . Be sure to check out the rules before posting.


If you’d like to support the show you can tell your friends about it, share it wherever you do that kind of thing, give it a rating or head over to patreon.com/werejustalright to support the show financially.
Donations are greatly appreciated and go towards costs associated with producing the show.


Lastly, the music for the show is provided by Punch Deck under a Creative Commons licence. Go check out Punch Deck’s work at punchdeck.bandcamp.com or iTunes or pretty much wherever you get your music.

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Pete

Pete shares about making big life decisions and how he thinks more people are having to do it more frequently. He talks about feeling ‘funnelled’ through life, never quite knowing what he wanted to do but getting directed by those around him and the culture at large. He also describes a strange sense of unfulfillment at having achieved the ‘American Dream’.

If you’d like to be on the show and share your story please email me at [email protected] , you’re also welcome to contact me there to chat or give feedback. I’m also on twitter with the handle @werejustalright and there’s now a subreddit to facilitate discussion on how episodes may have affected you at reddit.com/r/werejustalright . Be sure to check out the rules before posting.


If you’d like to support the show you can tell your friends about it, share it wherever you do that kind of thing, give it a rating or head over to patreon.com/werejustalright to support the show financially.
Donations are greatly appreciated and go towards costs associated with producing the show.


Lastly, the music for the show is provided by Punch Deck under a Creative Commons licence. Go check out Punch Deck’s work at punchdeck.bandcamp.com or iTunes or pretty much wherever you get your music.

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Rowan

Rowan joins We’re…Just Alright for this episode. We hear a bit about work life, some personal projects and what being a creative type in the southern US feels like. Rowan talks about the large homeless population in the area and how we might react to that with more understanding. After a brief bit on the natural beauty of Arkansas we get in to the large topic for this episode: gender dysphoria. We hear about its affect on Rowan, what it actually means to live with it and some coping mechanisms Rowan has found useful.

If you’d like to be on the show and share your story please email me at [email protected] , you’re also welcome to contact me there to chat or give feedback. I’m also on twitter with the handle @werejustalright and there’s now a subreddit to facilitate discussion on how episodes may have affected you at reddit.com/r/werejustalright . Be sure to check out the rules before posting.


If you’d like to support the show you can tell your friends about it, share it wherever you do that kind of thing, give it a rating or head over to patreon.com/werejustalright to support the show financially.
Donations are greatly appreciated and go towards costs associated with producing the show.


Lastly, the music for the show is provided by Punch Deck under a Creative Commons licence. Go check out Punch Deck’s work at punchdeck.bandcamp.com or iTunes or pretty much wherever you get your music.

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Chevee

I’ve known Chevee through the internet for 10ish years now. It was a delight to finally speak with him for real and hear about his life in a stream of consciousness kind of way. We talk about adulting, being a big kid, perfectionism, and various other topics. Because it’s a part of his life we talk about his youtube channel where he does short videos every weekday for the past three years. If you’re interested in seeing some of those they’re available here: The Daily Shed

If you’d like to be on the show and share your story please email me at [email protected] , you’re also welcome to contact me there to chat or give feedback. I’m also on twitter with the handle @werejustalright and there’s now a subreddit to facilitate discussion on how episodes may have affected you at reddit.com/r/werejustalright . Be sure to check out the rules before posting.


If you’d like to support the show you can tell your friends about it, share it wherever you do that kind of thing, give it a rating or head over to patreon.com/werejustalright to support the show financially.
Donations are greatly appreciated and go towards costs associated with producing the show.


Lastly, the music for the show is provided by Punch Deck under a Creative Commons licence. Go check out Punch Deck’s work at punchdeck.bandcamp.com or iTunes or pretty much wherever you get your music.

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Kayla

If you’d like to be on the show and share your story please email me at [email protected] , you’re also welcome to contact me there to chat or give feedback. I’m also on twitter with the handle @werejustalright and there’s now a subreddit to facilitate discussion on how episodes may have affected you at reddit.com/r/werejustalright . Be sure to check out the rules before posting.


If you’d like to support the show you can tell your friends about it, share it wherever you do that kind of thing, give it a rating or head over to patreon.com/werejustalright to support the show financially.

Lastly, the music for the show is provided by Punch Deck under a Creative Commons licence. Go check out Punch Deck’s work at punchdeck.bandcamp.com or iTunes or pretty much wherever you get your music.

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Amy

Amy tells us her story this week. She talks about things like how her family ended up in Amish country, how she never used to feel like she fit in, and how she’s glad she finally feels comfortable in her own skin.
Amy has a really thoughtful take on decision making. Is a failure really a failure?
We also speak candidly about parenting and some of the challenges that come along with that.

The following may be the quote Amy has on her wall…or maybe not, it’s probably close though

Happiness is a state of mind, a choice, a way of living; it is not something to be achieved, it is something to be experienced.

Steve Maraboli

If you’d like to be on the show and share your story please email me at [email protected] , you’re also welcome to contact me there to chat or give feedback. I’m also on twitter with the handle @werejustalright and there’s now a subreddit to facilitate discussion on how episodes may have affected you at reddit.com/r/werejustalright . Be sure to check out the rules before posting.


If you’d like to support the show you can tell your friends about it, share it wherever you do that kind of thing, give it a rating or head over to patreon.com/werejustalright to support the show financially.
Donations are greatly appreciated and go towards costs associated with producing the show.


Lastly, the music for the show is provided by Punch Deck under a Creative Commons licence. Go check out Punch Deck’s work at punchdeck.bandcamp.com or iTunes or pretty much wherever you get your music.

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Joe

Joe, a middle school science teacher, shares his story in this episode. Even though music was his life Joe realized pretty quick that making it in a band is a pretty tall order.
He speaks candidly about his family life growing up; how several deaths in the family affected him and put a strain on several relationships. Joe shares about his relationship with his mom and how her consistent relationship hopping took a toll on family dynamics.
Joe tells us how he got made fun of a lot when he was younger and that he eventually figured out he had the power to choose who he was around.
We talk about how musical tastes are so varied from person to person and that it’s easy to judge and be judged based on your playlists.
Heading in to college, Joe talks about his educational journey intermingled with stories about various jobs (and a problem with a box cutter) peppered throughout this time. He also speaks about a very influential person in his life.
Lastly we discuss what it’s like to be a middle school teacher and we see what we take aways we can use from his story.

If you’d like to be on the show and share your story please email me at [email protected] , you’re also welcome to contact me there to chat or give feedback. I’m also on twitter with the handle @werejustalright and there’s now a subreddit to facilitate discussion on how episodes may have affected you at reddit.com/r/werejustalright . Be sure to check out the rules before posting.


If you’d like to support the show you can tell your friends about it, share it wherever you do that kind of thing, give it a rating or head over to patreon.com/werejustalright to support the show financially.
Donations are greatly appreciated and go towards costs associated with producing the show.


Lastly, the music for the show is provided by Punch Deck under a Creative Commons licence. Go check out Punch Deck’s work at punchdeck.bandcamp.com or iTunes or pretty much wherever you get your music.

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Rebecca

In this episode, I talk with Rebecca. We discuss mental illness and the troubles of living with Bi-polar disorder. Rebecca talks about her methods of dealing with the varying manic episodes. She discusses suicide, self harm and the importance of talking and seeking help – people need to talk about mental health. We talk about art and the joy of other people enjoying something that you curated and using art as an outlet to support mental illness and trauma. We talk about the healthcare system in place for people with mental illnesses and the importance of being able to identify and work with it. We notice how people have been addressing the issue of mental health more recently and how we as a society are on the right lines of combating these issues.

Link: The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

If you’d like to be on the show and share your story please email me at [email protected] , you’re also welcome to contact me there to chat or give feedback. I’m also on twitter with the handle @werejustalright and there’s now a subreddit to facilitate discussion on how episodes may have affected you at reddit.com/r/werejustalright . Be sure to check out the rules before posting.


If you’d like to support the show you can tell your friends about it, share it wherever you do that kind of thing, give it a rating or head over to patreon.com/werejustalright to support the show financially.
Donations are greatly appreciated and go towards costs associated with producing the show.


Lastly, the music for the show is provided by Punch Deck under a Creative Commons licence. Go check out Punch Deck’s work at punchdeck.bandcamp.com or iTunes or pretty much wherever you get your music.

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Justin

In this episode, Join me (Agust) as I sit down and talk with Justin, a man from New England. During our conversation we discuss growing up and being fortunate enough to have parents who take ADHD ‘seriously’. We discuss the importance of recognizing ADHD because it gives you a chance to work with it and figure out the coping methods that best suit the individual. Justin grew up in a conservative culture where it was normal to believe that ADHD was just a made up problem and an excuse to prescribe medicine, but Justin’s parents were supportive and never implied this. Justin discusses the fascinating concept of Time blindness that some people with ADHD deal with. It’s the difficulty to be aware of time passing, which is why a lot of people with ADHD are often late.  Justin discusses his life as a ‘church-goer’ and what church means to him, he discusses once being a fundamentalist church before realising ‘that’s not who they were’. He also discusses his crusade against legalism in Christianity and how he’ll do almost anything to protect the teens he teaches from it.  

Join the Conversation

Our favourite part of recording a podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section.

This weeks question is:

Do you have a history with religion? How does it affect you today?

If you’d like to be on the show and share your story please email me at [email protected] , you’re also welcome to contact me there to chat or give feedback. I’m also on twitter with the handle @werejustalright and there’s now a subreddit to facilitate discussion on how episodes may have affected you at reddit.com/r/werejustalright . Be sure to check out the rules before posting.


If you’d like to support the show you can tell your friends about it, share it wherever you do that kind of thing, give it a rating or head over to patreon.com/werejustalright to support the show financially.
Donations are greatly appreciated and go towards costs associated with producing the show.


Lastly, the music for the show is provided by Punch Deck under a Creative Commons licence. Go check out Punch Deck’s work at punchdeck.bandcamp.com or iTunes or pretty much wherever you get your music.

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Agust Rambles

I got pretty special permission to use the content from a book of poetry called The Gift Poems by Hafiz. Hafiz is a Sufi Master from around 1320-1398 who is thought to have written about 5000 poems! This work has been translated by Daniel Ladinsky and this episode is the first time I’ll read one of the poems.

It’s called Today and it has had a special impact on my soul since I first heard it a few years ago. I hope it inspires us to take our time and see the sacred in the ordinary.

If you’d like to be on the show and share your story please email me at [email protected] , you’re also welcome to contact me there to chat or give feedback. I’m also on twitter with the handle @werejustalright and there’s now a subreddit to facilitate discussion on how episodes may have affected you at reddit.com/r/werejustalright . Be sure to check out the rules before posting.


If you’d like to support the show you can tell your friends about it, share it wherever you do that kind of thing, give it a rating or head over to patreon.com/werejustalright to support the show financially.
Donations are greatly appreciated and go towards costs associated with producing the show.


Lastly, the music for the show is provided by Punch Deck under a Creative Commons licence. Go check out Punch Deck’s work at punchdeck.bandcamp.com or iTunes or pretty much wherever you get your music.

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Josh

In this episode, Join Agust as he sits down and has a chat with Josh – engage with this coming of age conversation as we talk about religion, friendships and burning bridges. Josh opens up on the podcast and shares his philosophy on life and opinions on different cultures and and the surrounding expectations of people in that culture. We also discuss conflicts and wonder if there’s such a thing as being too honest. We talk about dating in the 21st century and the statistics behind finding ‘The one’.

Josh talks about being a missionary and helping people in your local area as he shares his beliefs in god. His beliefs contribute to his values and he will often volunteer his time to help people in need. We also discuss pop culture and how its influence is heavily changing the way we communicate with each other. The conversation expands from this as we begin to talk about the Enneagram of Personality and the different possibilities that come from that. 

Join the Conversation

Our favourite part of recording a podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section.

This weeks question is:

Social media; is it bringing us together or formulating less intimate relationships? 

If you’d like to be on the show and share your story please email me at [email protected] , you’re also welcome to contact me there to chat or give feedback. I’m also on twitter with the handle @werejustalright and there’s now a subreddit to facilitate discussion on how episodes may have affected you at reddit.com/r/werejustalright . Be sure to check out the rules before posting.


If you’d like to support the show you can tell your friends about it, share it wherever you do that kind of thing, give it a rating or head over to patreon.com/werejustalright to support the show financially.
Donations are greatly appreciated and go towards costs associated with producing the show.


Lastly, the music for the show is provided by Punch Deck under a Creative Commons licence. Go check out Punch Deck’s work at punchdeck.bandcamp.com or iTunes or pretty much wherever you get your music.

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Sarah

In this episode, Join me as I speak with Sarah – A young Mexican-American woman and aspiring actress from Atlanta. Sarah shares her story of how she ended up in America and the consequences of her migration including the legalities around it. She moves on to discuss her mental health, touching on specific symptoms and how it can affect day to day life. The discussion moves on to finding work and the challenges a young creative encounters following High School Graduation. Sarah’s family is heavily influenced by Catholic religion and she shares how it affects her encounters with men and also about her doubts and thoughts of religion as a whole.

Sarah also discusses the conflict that many young adults face with their parents – tattoos; her mothers reaction will sound familiar to most of us, but Sarah’s parents aren’t nearby anymore and she discusses the systematic challenges she’d face if she was to visit her parents back in Mexico. Of course no conversation about Mexican immigration would be complete without talking Politics. Sarah shares her thoughts at the time of Trump’s 2016 election and how she’d react if her status were to change.

Swiftly moving on Sarah explains how it was to go to the biggest high school in Georgia, and adds in some reminiscent anecdotes of her experience; skipping class, nicer teachers and how mental health was treated in her school. She also shares her first experience of pot brownies, Sarah’s still not sure whether her attempt at ‘baking’ was successful or not, but the second story was definitely more eventful, involving parents, hot water, and a friend freaking out.

Sarah finishes with a couple of stories of her encounters with men, a funny story about a sugar-daddy encounter and then an unfortunate tale of what happens when you spill a bottle of poppers straight up your nose!

If you’d like to be on the show and share your story please email me at [email protected], you’re also welcome to contact me there to chat or give feedback. I’m also on twitter with the handle @werejustalright and there’s now a subreddit to facilitate discussion on how episodes may have affected you at reddit.com/r/werejustalright. Be sure to check out the rules before posting.

If you’d like to support the show you can tell your friends about it, share it wherever you do that kind of thing, give it a rating or head over to patreon.com/werejustalright to support the show financially.

Donations are greatly appreciated and go towards costs associated with producing the show.

Lastly, the music for the show is provided by Punch Deck under a Creative Commons licence. Go check out Punch Deck’s work at punchdeck.bandcamp.com or iTunes or pretty much wherever you get your music.

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Experimental-Agust rambles

I wasn’t feeling great about myself or the world this morning. I find it helps to talk but there wasn’t anyone around to talk to so I took to the mic. It helped. I appreciate you all. Thanks for listening.

Let me know if you found this useful or if you never want to hear things like this again. Email me: [email protected]; Tweet me @werejustalright; Chat on reddit at reddit.com/r/werejustalright

There will still be a normal episode coming out on Thursday.

The music for the show was provided by Punch Deck under a Creative Commons licence. Go check out Punch Deck’s work at punchdeck.bandcamp.com or iTunes or pretty much wherever you get your music.

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Akbar

Join me for this episode as we get to hear Akbar’s story. He talks about how he got his name and what it means to him, how amazing Dubai is, and his passion for reading and creating comics among other things. It’s a fascinating window in to a man and culture that we don’t get to hear much about in the west.

The trailer for Akbar’s upcoming comic book

Join the Conversation

This weeks question is:
What unique things do you love about where you come from?

Get involved and follow us on twitter; @Werejustalright or join the subreddit at reddit.com/r/werejustalright . You can also email us at [email protected]

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Bryan

In this episode, Join Agust as he sits down and has a chat with Bryan – a family man and host of the comic book podcast ‘Bry-fi’ in which Bryan discusses all things comic books with exciting guests such as American comic book writer Mark Wayde. Bryan shares a lot about his life growing up as a middle class hispanic boy in Texas and the struggles he would encounter. The pair then move on to discuss joining a band in highschool, trying to look cool only to find out who you really are later down the line and realising what you truly enjoy. Bryan was in a band in his teenage years and discusses the joys and excitement behind touring with bands you respect and appreciate the importance of having friends in your life who encourage you to see things through to the end and follow your passions. 

Bryan is no stranger to dating but he found the love of his life and discusses the importance of being there for one another and supporting each other unconditionally.

As much as Brian enjoyed being in a band he discusses his decision to leave and find a ‘real job’ and the struggles of going through pregnancy and having kids. Bryan is very family orientated and we sit down and spend the rest of the podcast talking about families and autism – He encourages parents to see a doctor if they think their child has autism so they can get therapy from an early age to help support their learning – most importantly, to stop focusing on the things that you can’t do and start focusing on the things that you can do. 

Join the Conversation

This weeks question is:
How did you figure out your career path or have you?

Get involved and follow us on twitter; @Werejustalright or join the subreddit at reddit.com/r/werejustalright. You can also email us at [email protected]

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The music for this episode was provided by Punch Deck under a creative commons license. You can find Punch Deck on SpotifyBandcamp, iTunes, or wherever you get your music.

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Damian

In this episode, we are joined by Damian, from New Mexico. He talks about growing up in a tiny town and the influence drugs and friendships have had on his life. Damian is a friendly, funny guy with lots to share. Join us as he talks to us about drug fuelled mansion parties on Porter Mountain and various coming of age encounters. You would often find Damian and his friends around Lakeside, PineTop and Show Low, constructing gravity bongs and dropping LSD. The conversation expands further into LSD as Damien and his girlfriend go house shopping on the substance. LSD would continue to make an impact on Damian’s life as it would slowly change his perspective on things such as the movies he enjoys and his devotion to cleanliness. Is it possible for LSD to reprogram your brain to want to keep your surroundings cleaner?

 After taking LSD something changes inside of you forever. We continue to further discuss theories behind LSD and mention the works of the Electric Kool Aid Acid Test – a book by Tom Wolfe.

Finally, Damian shares his relationship with autism and how LSD contributed towards his social behaviour in later life.

Join the Conversation
This weeks questions are:
Have you taken hallucinogens before? 
Has it changed you mentally or physically? 

Get involved and follow us on twitter; @Werejustalright or join the subreddit at reddit.com/r/werejustalright. You can also email us at [email protected]

You can support the show by telling your friends about it and/or with financial support through Patreon at patreon.com/werejustalright

The music for this episode was provided by Punch Deck under a creative commons license. You can find Punch Deck on SpotifyBandcamp, iTunes, or wherever you get your music.

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Paris

Paris shares her experiences with us from what her family was like growing up to an experience of extreme racism and being invited to give an academic talk. There are plenty of twists and turns along her journey to add to the mix as well. 

As always you can contact me by sending an email to [email protected] if you’d like to be on the show or just have something to say.

You can support the show by telling your friends about it and/or with financial support through Patreon at patreon.com/werejustalright

The music for this episode was provided by Punch Deck under a creative commons license. You can find Punch Deck on SpotifyBandcamp, iTunes, or wherever you get your music.

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Alex

Alex is a 24-year-old from Rochester, New York. He goes into detail about his childhood, family, love, depression, and some things that help him cope.

As always you can contact me by sending an email to [email protected] if you’d like to be on the show or just have something to say.

You can support the show by telling your friends about it and/or with financial support through Patreon at patreon.com/werejustalright

The music for this episode was provided by Punch Deck under a creative commons license. You can find Punch Deck on SpotifyBandcamp, iTunes, or wherever you get your music.

Detailed show notes:

Guest Alex
0:00 – 5:55
Imaginary Friends (Jade and Catherine) and storytelling – sound effects – Childhood influences and habits that never faded away – The effects our childhood can have on us as adults. Setting yourself imaginary role-models as a child to help influence yourself to be a better person.

5:55 – 6:46
Hispanic Family – Different generation/culture and their views on the child’s Imagination (What is and is not normal)

6:46 – 10:31
Starting Grade school with limited English speaking abilities and difficult to communicate. Making friends in grade school and schoolyard crushes.

10:31 – 12:05
Growing up with a ‘girls name’ and coping with bullying

12:05 – 19:20
Using an interest in Hip-hop/dissing to cope with bullies – Transitioning from being bullied into becoming the bully with the intentions of hurting people and it’s influences

19:20 – 20:46
Video Games! What video games teach us – how they improve reflexes in real life. Staying a few steps ahead in your thinking.

20:46 – 25:16
Moving onto 7th grade – Homeroom teacher would give all the answers to midterms. The teacher made a fake currency for students they can earn from doing their assignments. Can use points to trade physical things. The anxieties before starting your midterms. The teacher would give the answers at the end of the test by hiding the answer at the end of the question.

25:16 -27:33
Family problems: Family breaking up. Processing this information as a child and not knowing what it means for your family. The breakup of his family influenced his behaviour – he was being reckless.

27:33 – 28:17
Online Dating – Long distance relationships – Love doesn’t have a distance if both people are willing to commit.

28:17 – 30:41
The struggle of being a kid – not thinking your words are worth anything. He wanted to tell his stepdad who was going through a rough patch at the moment due to the breakup with his mum how much he cared about him – that he was his hero.

30:41 – 32:23
The step moves out of the house and sells the family house. He tells his now EX-girlfriend that she has a week to move out. They rent a new house with no Electricity. His mum is pregnant with his little brother and he was worried about her and everything she is probably going through.

32:23 – 33:m02
The stepdad was lying about selling the house. He just told them that because he wanted to rent it to his sister. He told the mother that he kicked them out because he didn’t like that they were living across the road from him. This killed the image of a hero that he had in Alex’s mind.

33:02 – 34:18
Grades dropped drastically due to the breakup of his family and he lost a lot of the goals he had for the future.

34:18 – 35:44
Ninth Grade – Alex talks about his friends and how his best friend was the crutch he needed when his family broke up. His family went from being lower middle class to just ‘poor’ – His mum is collecting social security and receiving help from the state because she can’t work and she has heart problems.

35:44 – 37:00
Battling with depression and encouraging himself to fight through the pain and difficulties. He gets back into reading and studying psychology. He enjoyed reading the textbook to help him heal and learned a few things about people – the book changed his interactions around people and influenced him to keep his defenses up.

37:00 – 37:57
His father put a lot of pressure on him and was always comparing him to his aunt. His aunt would get Straight A’s all the way through high school and his father wanted the same for him.

37:57 – 38:51
Alex talks about everyone telling him that he is intelligent and has a lot of potential to make a lot out of himself. This puts him under immense pressure and due to his depression he didn’t want anything out of the world.

38:51 – 39:48
He meets a sweet girl and falls in love with her. She supports him a lot and helps him through a lot of problems he is having. The girlfriend encouraged him to see a therapist.

39:48 – 40:56m
Talks about his father and the lack of support he gets from him. He wishes his father was more open with him. He talks about his father pushing lots more pressure at him.

40:56 – 41:49
Father can’t make it to his High school graduation –

41:49 – 42:22
Didn’t seek any help from guidance counselors and ended up just going to community college. It wasn’t the right time for him, he knew he shouldn’t have gone at all.

42:22 – 43:24
Talks about wanting to be an Engineer – Went to a good Engineering school and gave up on wanting to be a doctor or a lawyer even though he felt better suited to that role. Wants to be a physicist.

43:24 – 45:10
He talks about working in the direct care field and his want to help people. The direct care field helps shape people – he likes that.

45:10 – 48:10
Computer science, problem-solving and gaming – Playing League of Legends. “What do I want to do with myself”. Talking about Degrees and education, what to do with his future. Had a mental breakdown and walked away from an engineering degree. He has ADD – Test anxiety.

48:10 – 50:13
Where he’s at now, What he is doing with his life. Talks about finishing school and building a life in the direct support field. He talks about becoming unemployed due to a risk he took transitioning from working with a company to working with an individual.

50:13 – 51:19
Alex talks about issues within the company the new lady hired him through. The lady is losing her temper and getting frustrated with him. She ends up letting him go (I think). He briefly talks about the trouble he went through handing in his notice and then moves on to

51:19 – 54:41
Talks about his boss using his therapy against him and he loses both jobs and ends up unemployed

54:41 – 56:11
Alex’s grandmother dies and gets a bunch of money due to ‘malpractice’ during the surgery. Alex loses his first close family member. He talks about the value of family and wishing he spent more time with her. He didn’t go to the wake or be a pole bearer. Lots of anxieties.

56:11 – 57:23
Nothing is picking up steam for Alex – He is also living in some crazy lady’s house who is ‘racist towards him and Hispanics’

57:23 – 58:10
Crazy lady accused Alex and his cousin of trying to rape her 5 year old daughter.

58:10 – 58:55
Alex had had enough, decided to move out of the crazy lady’s house.

58:55 – 59:55
Crazy lady accuses Alex of stealing stuff from her during the move and calls police.

59:55 – 1:03:56
Current head-space – Girlfriend has to decide whether she wants to move to Texas with her mum or stay with Alex. Alex wanted her to be closer to her family whilst he worked on his education. Evidently the relationship between Alex and his girlfriend began to come to an end.

1:03:56 – 1:06:40
Girlfriend cheats on Alex with another man

1:06:40 – 1:09:28
Dealing with the grief of breaking up with his girlfriend, being suicidal and thankful for the support from his friends. He also talks about the doubts he has in life and a lack of direction.

1:09:28 – 1:11:04
Alex talks about wanting to be a hero – wanting to save people from going through what he’s gone through.

1:11:04 – 11:12:21
Interaction with a homeless dude, helping him out.

11:12:21 – 11:16:45
Talks about the positives of helping out and not giving up. Going back to the therapist, trying to get better – going to school. Things are neutral.

11:16:45 – 11:17:47
Alex isn’t as focused on finding love anymore. Trying to get better and trying different hobbies and passions Manga and Singing.

11:17:47 – 1:20:17
Alex talks about getting into singing and being influenced by the artists Daniel Caesar, Chance the Rapper, ASAP rocky, Gold Link

1:20:17
Future plans

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Andrew

Turns out Andrew and I have a bunch of things in common, one of them being our interest in board games so we do a deeper dive into that. We also speak about productivity, loss, mental health, and other things. It was a joy to connect with Andrew, I hope you find a nugget of meaning as well.

As always you can contact me by sending an email to [email protected] if you’d like to be on the show or just have something to say.

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Praneet

We learn a little about Praneet in this episode. I had a great time listening to his story which takes place mostly over the past three years. Hopefully, you’ll gain some new understanding of what it’s like to be in his shoes as I did.

The book Praneet mentions (and which was inaudible) is called “Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think.” The website that goes along with it is gapminder.org

As always you can contact me by sending an email to [email protected] if you’d like to be on the show or just have something to say.

You can support the show by telling your friends about it and/or through Patreon at patreon.com/werejustalright

The music for this episode was provided by Punch_Deck under a creative commons license. You can find Punch_Deck on Spotify or Bandcamp.

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Kareem

Kareem is a 24-year-old currently living in Ontario. We talk about what it’s like moving from another country to Canada, internet privacy, depression, and more about myself than I expected. I was glad to have the opportunity to speak with Kareem and I hope you’ll enjoy listening in.

If you’d like to be on the show and share your story email me at [email protected]

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