Bloggers Uncensored: with Dunctopia
Welcome to this weeks Bloggers Uncensored! This is my longest running blog series, and definitely my favourite. This series is a perfect opportunity to read your favourite bloggers' honest and uncensored opinions on real life topics, and to discover new bloggers that you can start following! This weeks blogger is Dunctopia.
Tell us a little about yourself.
Hi, my name is Duncan MacLellan and I've just recently put a career of teaching acting on hold to follow the dream of becoming a travel blogger. I've moved from Vancouver, Canada to travel around Europe for a year. It's been a wild adventure and I love sharing travel love with my network.
Why do you write?
To pay forward the gifts I've been given. I believe my path of self development along with unique travel experiences can enhances people's lives.
What do you love about the blogging world/community?
Meeting fascinating people with a lust for life who generously give to our world.
What are some hard truths you have learnt about life?
I'm not sure I'd say they are "hard" to live with, but definitely hard to realise at the time I learned them. That life is impermanent and fanatically attaching to impermanence causes pain. Also, the past and the future are illusions and don't really exist. It's only ever now.
What does freedom mean to you?
Freedom to me means doing anything that doesn't (non-consensually) harm others. Freedom is the only way to help us become who we are. I would fight for the right for peoples and animals freedom any day of the week.
What are your thoughts on mental health and how it's portrayed in today's society?
I have many ideas about mental health. I've written articles on my blog about moments in my life where I severely suffered mentally and therefore physically. Thankfully, my acting training, support from a psychologist and the teachings by Eckhart Tolle who wrote the power of now helped me avoid permanent problems.
I think it would be beneficial to us all if mental health care was taught in our schools at an early age. If we give young minds the tools to be present, communicate their feelings and needs they will thrive.
What are your thoughts on 'Love is Love' and how it's portrayed in today's society?
I can't believe sometimes that we live in a world where love between two consenting adults can be controlled by people not even involved. We still live in the middle ages in some ways.
What advice would you give to someone who is fighting a mental illness?
I just listen. If I observe that their anxiety, fear, pain could be stemming from mentally dwelling in the past or future I offer a path to becoming present. If I hear an opportunity to help them through something specific with the tools I've learned then I offer them assistance.
Sometimes I say and offer nothing other than my own presence. Sometimes I make them laugh hysterically so they can enjoy life even for a brief moment. I know how debilitating mental unwellness can feel.
What advice would you give to someone who is being bullied or harassed?
I got beat up a lot when I was younger by bullies. Until I stood up for myself. I know the correct answer is to tell someone, or get help, or whatever so this may upset a few. I would tell them to punch them in the face. Try talking it out and give them a chance to become aware of their toxic behaviour, but if they respond by bullying then punch them. Remember they are probably hurting on the inside, but that gives them no right to make you hurt on the inside.
Feels good to beat up a bully so go take a karate class or something and punch them underneath the oak tree.
If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?
What else do you feel strongly about?
Life and all the space it exists in. Passionate about the environment, animals, and all other of Earths inhabitants. Passionate about spirituality and our universe. I believe self discovery, self awareness, and self actualisation are imperative to our journey on Earth.
Let's end this with some fun 'This or That' questions:
Love or money?
How much money? Love is awesome, but if we're talking like 50mil then I could totally love jet skiing with a cuban cigar, fine whiskey, and a 100 dollar bill ya'll!
Work hard or play hard?
Both!! Everyday!! Usually at the same time. Acting and travel blogging is working hard at play. When play is your work you've figured out a secret to modern life.
Cups in the cupboard: right side up or upside down?
Haha. Right side up because I don't like the dampness around the rim before I drink.
Chocolate or sex?
Sex. Always sex. If someone else chose chocolate, I feel for them. Because there isn't any chocolate that's better than some great sex.
Plan everything or wing it?
Both. Plan and then toss out the script in the moment.
Happiness or money?
There is a lie that money doesn't buy happiness. Money buys happiness a lot of the time. Tons of stuff I buy makes me happy.
However, money doesn't sustain happiness. Long lasting happiness and joy come from the inside. And is much more fulfilling than momentary joy.
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