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Draw My Life: Simon’s Story

April 18, 2013

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So, writing a blog post for this might be a bit awkward. I’m not sure how to really elaborate or to give any different ideas, which is what we usually do in our blog posts. We use the video as a springboard for different ideas, but here in this post I didn’t really discuss any ideas. It was just me telling stories about myself in video animation format. I guess what I can say is some extra information, maybe? The video was long and there were some things that we had to cut out to make it of somewhat reasonable length.

My brother and sister: I mentioned them briefly. I’ll talk more about them here. My brother’s name is Slavek. He has two kids, Shanice, who is now 20, and Therren, who’s 15. Shanice is half-Spanish (I’m pretty sure!) while Therren is half-Jamaican (I’m pretty sure as well!). I’m a bad uncle. I was really close with them when I was younger and they were first born. This was before my two years of university isolation. I haven’t really gotten that much closer with them since, but I know that when I see them when I come back to Canada I miss them dearly.

My sister’s name is Marta. She’s married to Richard. They have two beautiful kids, Ethan and Maya, who are also half-Jamaican. We have a very multicultural family :D I’m Maya’s godfather, but I’m terrible at it. I’ve been away from the family since I’ve been married and I haven’t had the chance to see her grow up. Ethan I spent some time with when he was first born, before I became hermitted, but afterwards it’s pretty much the same as with my other niece and nephew.

I’m closest with my parents. I speak with them once a week on FaceTime. I talked about it briefly in the video how thankful I am for all they did for us. One part I had to cut out because I’d just sob through the whole thing is that, when I was a teenager, going through my punk fake-hardcore giant-asshole phase, I was terrible to them. Just terrible. They won’t tell the story that way. They’ll say that I was an angel, but I remember how mean I was to them, how rude and inconsiderate I was to them, how I mistreated them. It’s one of my most shameful times of my life and I feel terrible for being such a bad kid. It’s one of the things that scares me the most if I ever were to be a father myself: my parents were nothing but loving and supportive of me, and I repaid them terribly back then. What if my kids were to do the same? It’d be karma. I’d accept it as divine justice, but I just couldn’t imagine surviving it, not only for my own sake, but because it’d be a constant reminder of how bad I was back then. I’m a better son now, but I’ll never forget how great my parents were for me.

Martina’s awesome: I can’t do justice to talking about her in a video or a blog post. She has something that I just haven’t seen in anyone before. There’s a purity of spirit in her, a freedom from the shades of adulthood, that you can’t quite explain. It’s like a child’s innocence, the way they find pleasure in running through fields and playing with bubbles and petting caterpillars, but it’s without the ignorance associated with childhood. She’s exceptionally smart and capable: she’s witnessed some of the shittiness of the world and of human nature, and has still maintained her joy for life. I don’t know how to explain it. She’s not a perfect human being; we all have heavy shadows around us, all of us, but she’s fought hers off more than I’ve ever seen anyone do before. I don’t know how that makes sense in writing. Sorry if it doesn’t.

I just realized that most of this blog post was about my family and friends, and about my difficulties in connecting with others. It’s odd, then, that I do so much stuff online. I’m not good at connecting in person; I’m better at connecting online. I’ve spoken with more people online here, in the comment section to this site, than I have with some of my own family and friends. Thanks, guise, for being so Nasty and chatting with me from time to time. I really appreciate it.

Martina’s planning her Draw My Life video now as well, and should get to filming it soon. You’ll see it next week!

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  1. Simon, Simon, Simon!! That was fantastic!! I felt just about every emotion in one 12 minute video (you just made a grown man cry ;..-). Thanks for being so candid, and so very cool. Can’t wait for Martina’s.

    4 years ago
    • Ha! I was wondering what that emoticon was. I took me a while to figure it out :D

      And, it’s ok. I’m a grown ass man and I cry over everything. Movies especially. Damned movies always make me cry.

      4 years ago
  2. ;) Simon, I’m glad you got out of the friend zone. SHARE YO STORY. My boyfriend and I met in junior year of college when I had a seriously terrible serious boyfriend of 6 years. I had just transferred and had NO friends. He had a girlfriend of 4 years that I even gave him sexy advice on–in fact the only reason I decided he was “safe” to be friends with (my ex wouldn’t feel threatened by him -_-“) was because he had a serious girlfriend! Nevertheless, a semester later of being study buddies, we were both magically single at the same time…and then not single.

    I always tell guys there is no magical friend zone land where you enter and can’t leave. Chances are, if she’s single, not relationship-phobic (and even if she says she won’t date friends for fear of ruining the relationship–if it’s the right guy, she’ll risk it ;D), and she still won’t date him, it’s because she’s not physically/emotionally attracted to him and that’s that. It’s hard to swallow that someone doesn’t find you attractive inside/outside, but the right person will. And as anyone can see with Simon and Martina, when that happens, it is awesome sauce. Good luck with the ladies, guise.

    4 years ago
    • Additionally, first thought he had when he saw me was also “she’s pretty” and “she has big boobs.” Boob guys.

      4 years ago
  3. AAWWWWW!!! (^__^)

    4 years ago
  4. My hubs and I met about 2 weeks before you guys, and got married about 6 months later. We’re getting out of the whole “poor twenties” now and looking at moving overseas. Your videos keep inspiring us to stick with it…because it really does work out! Just not always how we think :)

    Anyway, thank you for sharing this!

    4 years ago
    • I married my hubby that same year in November. Lots of young couples here :)

      4 years ago
    • I mean, 6 months after Simon and Martina…not six months after I met my husband. We weren’t ready that quickly :D

      4 years ago
  5. Aww, Simon! You got me all teary-eyed. The way you speak of your family and especially of Martina is heartwarming. I look forward to watching the video later :)

    4 years ago
  6. Two things + my thoughts:
    -You speak like such a gangster because growing up you were pretty much the only white kid you knew. Everyone else was from …. Detroit?! Yeah that’s a really foreign place….

    -You moved to Windsor, Ontario to a SMALL, THREE story apartment?! How is a 3 story apartment small?!?!!

    Anywho, I love the video! Quite amazing to see what your parents went through when they immigrated to Canada. I imagine my great grandparents were a lot like that too…. but probably worse because they had to start off as farmers >.> But still, for your parents to do that in the modern day and age, where things are **hopefully** better off then they were 100 years ago, props to them! Also, January 20th is such an awesome day! It’s been my favourite day ever since…… I WAS BORN. Boo-Yaaahh~!!! I thought that day was all MINE, but each year that I’ve known about you guys I get to see another person happy about the same day, and I actually kind of like it. :) I’ll allow you to share my day with me Simon xD

    4 years ago
  7. This is absolutely the best Draw My Life video I’ve ever seen.
    Goodness gracious, Simon!
    I want to find the Simon to my Martina one day, hahaha

    4 years ago
  8. Ugh this was absolutely adorable.

    4 years ago
  9. OMG I NEED TISSUES! (no really, Im all teary too!)

    4 years ago
  10. I laughed out loud when you mentioned the clock! Hahahah

    Thank you for this video, I really enjoyed it!

    4 years ago
  11. That was such an informative TLDR. I feel like I’m seeing you, Simon, in a whole different light. Seriously, SIMON + CORNROWS = CANNOT UN-IMAGINE. Cannot wait for Martina’s turn.

    Also, congrats on being a Friendzone Survivor. That was the highlight of the video for me.

    And P.S. Is this wrong spelling intentional, though? I laughed over this, sorry.

    4 years ago
  12. i wanna see pictures of u guise in university

    4 years ago
  13. D’awwww, you guise are the cutest together! It’s like we can see how the both of you bring out the best in each other~ I would love to have such a sweet and playful, yet serious relationship like yours.

    4 years ago
  14. I fricken love these ‘Draw my life’ videos! While watching it I got in trouble for laughing because I made too much noise! xD and then a minute later I was tearing up a bit. What crappy “friends”, seriously. Props to you for not holding a grudge, I don’t think that is something I could do!
    Loved the “I even wifed her! You see that, now she’s mine for lyfe!” hahaha see it is possible to “escape” the friendzone!
    Thank you for sharing with us! <3

    4 years ago
  15. I thoroughly enjoyed that! thanks simon for sharing your life story :)

    4 years ago
  16. Highly entertaining. Thank you. Stick figures didn’t matter, you told your story with style!!!

    4 years ago
  17. I love to hear other people ‘s stories, it’s very interesting, like you said: “things get worse, things get better” ^^

    4 years ago
  18. This video was great Simon. You deserve everything you’ve achieved in life thusfar and much more. I only discovered you and Martina’s blog a few months ago and this is my first comment ever, but I already feel like a true nasty seeing as how I went into the archives and watched tons of EYK old videos. I can relate to a lot of your story and damn near shed a tear when I read the blog post after. I wish you and Martina more success and happiness and hope one day that I can find my own Martina. You guys have a fan/nasty for life in me. – Brian, Miami Florida.

    4 years ago
  19. That was amazingly amazing! Seriously! Yeah, you really can’t draw, but that didn’t stop you from being able to express and share! Thank you for being am example of what real marriage is, you guise never sugar coat it, you tell it like it is and for that I am grateful. “Never take your partner for granted.” It is the best quote EVA from Simon.

    4 years ago
  20. That was really touching and inspirational :) Thanks for sharing Simon

    4 years ago
  21. Awww, Simon…..YOU SO FLIPPIN SWEET!

    4 years ago
  22. That was very touching. Thank you for sharing something so personal.

    4 years ago
  23. Awwww SIMON!!! Well I’m so glad you found Martina!! This almost made me cry (<– almost bc i dont cry -bc of shit in past- and i just prefer not crying anymore bc smiling is better ^^) This actually helps me through my own personal darkness and its good to see how you are now after all that!! It defintely helps keep me optomistic! SIMON FIGHTING!!! <3 <3 <3
    P.S Meemers wanted to be a part of ur story too :P

    4 years ago
  24. I feel for ya, bro. Now I just gotta find a Martina of my own xD. But seriously, great video.

    4 years ago
  25. Nic

    Awwwww. I cried a bit. You guys are such an inspiration. I know the feeling of meeting someone and they are amazing and a whole new world opens up. My husband and I want to be able to work together eventually and be earning enough money from blogging because we want to be together and be doing something creative. It’s hard when other people are critical of that and don’t think it’s a good career choice, but we always get inspired and feel uplifted when we see what you and Martina are doing. I honestly don’t know if we would have had the courage to start if it wasn’t for you guys.

    4 years ago
  26. =’)

    4 years ago
  27. Thanks for sharing with us! Awww It’s really touching and YES! I will follow your steps outta friendzone!!!!!!

    4 years ago
  28. This is exceptionally beautiful. Thank you for sharing your life story.

    4 years ago
  29. so many feels T_T

    4 years ago
  30. It amazes me how very well you told your life story. It would seem to me that God allowed you to go through your ups and downs to make you the perfect husband for Martina. Honestly, you two are so good for one another and so blasted cute together! Thank you for sharing. Give your parents a great big hug….they definitely deserve it! It took a great deal of courage and humility to leave Poland and go to Canada….all for you and your siblings. Wow! That is love!!!

    4 years ago
  31. I love the TLDR videos you and Martina make. Thanks for sharing Simon ^^ Just last week, my friend and I were talking about how sweet a couple you and Martina make. Spread the nasty love and happiness!! xoxo

    4 years ago
  32. So awesome of you to do this and invite us to your whole life history. You’ve done great, and I’m left with a feeling that even if I’m still so confused about what I wanna do in life at the age of 23, things will probably turn out better then I expect. Thank you!

    4 years ago
    • 28 and clueless here. That’s not very comforting…haha, sorry. But yeah, here’s hoping going with the flow will take me somewhere someday :)

      4 years ago
    • what if you feel nothing is right?!
      not depressed though, gust confused.

      4 years ago
      • Don’t worry! If you just think about it all the time and get depressed or confused over it, then you’ll never feel interested in anything. If you think “hey, this might be a useful thing in the future even though I’m not totally interested in it right now”, go ahead and do it. You might find out that you like that, or you might discover something else along the way.

        I just decided I -probably- want to be a translator, but the school that has a good program for it is in Hawaii ( plus nearby schools teach Chinese / Japanese / Korean! ). I have no money at all ( no jobs here ), so I can’t really move there and pay for everything. I don’t have any degrees or certifications or anything, so I’m staying where I am to go to a local community college and live with my family in the meantime. It sucks! By the time I get a web design certificate I’ll be 27, and if I have enough money by then I might be able to go there… and be 28 or 29 when I’m done. God, I feel old… D:

        4 years ago
  33. Wow inspiring story :) thanks for sharing that Simon. Defiantly gotta go with the flow right? – love from a brother from another mother in NZ!

    4 years ago
  34. lovely video! i have the same problem connecting with people in person – and had a similar hermit existence at school. however, my REAL question is – why is your name Simon and not SZYMON! :D

    4 years ago
    • Ha! Because how many people will be able to read that who aren’t Polish? That’s why! Same with my brother: Slawomir. Good luck getting English people to read that out loud!

      4 years ago
      • XD i figured… my real name is not really dana – i just started asking people to call me that after years of mangling my hard to pronounce real polish first name!! was just curious if that’s what you did too ;)

        4 years ago
  35. Simon…You did good! Props Bra’, now hug your wife…pet the Spudgy….and Meems I guess…and go make videos…or food..

    4 years ago
  36. I m gonna cry!!! You together make the perfect couple!! <3 I m SO SO happy for you, really!!

    4 years ago
  37. I had to stop the video and laugh my ass off at that part, at… 5am… -cough-.

    4 years ago
  38. Hahahahaha. I noticed that after exporting. Oops!

    4 years ago
  39. I love how you wrote about Martina, I got teary too <3

    4 years ago
  40. Simooooon I got all teary…. D’:

    4 years ago
    • Same! It was such a good story and it’s actually so inspiring!
      Simon, thank you for telling us your story! It was really touching and helps me realize that things work out in their own unique and usually random way!

      Btw Your stick figures were flawless! :]

      4 years ago
    • meee tooo I looove this video… Thank you Simon for sharing!!!!

      4 years ago