Kurt Bell

A life of courage, joy and independence.

Advice For Young People – Journal

Kurt BellOver the last several years I’ve been contacted by many young people asking my thoughts regarding the choices and challenges they are facing in life. I sometimes use publicly posted video and blogs to respond to these questions in order to share with others who may be in similar circumstances. The vast majority of these questions come from young men, and my responses are therefore typically tailored towards the life needs, interests and responsibilities facing men. Content related to these subjects are listed below.

If you’d like to talk with others about the challenges you are facing then please consider joining us over at the Sons of Grizzly (women are welcome) website and forum. There are many active discussions on a wide variety of topics mostly related to finding the courage to live a life of courage, joy and independence. All are welcome! Here’s a link: http://sonsofgrizzly.com


A life of courage –  http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKd0HQPFzJcN1AIqUQXz1b69U7fKWjG1M

A life of Joy – http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKd0HQPFzJcMFjbkVy6upmg4vnAKUIPLL

A life of independence – http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKd0HQPFzJcPrJWEGq9pyZp3F7pfs8fji

Eight tweets towards a better education – http://wp.me/p1mZsI-58

Beyond best practices – http://wp.me/p1mZsI-gA

Man of the house – http://wp.me/p1mZsI-iw

Are you special? – http://wp.me/p1mZsI-dI

Journaling – http://wp.me/p5A2F-1oz

Why choose life? – http://wp.me/p1mZsI-h8

Considering suicide – http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKd0HQPFzJcM9N_S4nJWrJNYv7biIYcFZ

Working somewhere else – http://wp.me/p5A2F-20z


No more looking out for number one – http://wp.me/p5A2F-RZ

The power of despair – http://wp.me/p1mZsI-fR

The Path of Wildness – http://wp.me/P5A2F-H3

Thinking too much – http://wp.me/p1mZsI-bT

The apparatus of human inquiry – http://wp.me/p1mZsI-c1

Teaching children that life has no meaning – http://wp.me/p1mZsI-9y

Soulless bag of chemicals – http://wp.me/p1mZsI-6w


Healthy living – http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLKd0HQPFzJcOW0iVo384_iOI-5GUsDRYB

Kurt’s imperfect menu – http://wp.me/p5A2F-1qh

My recipe for a better life – http://wp.me/p5A2F-nH

Feeling better without bread – http://wp.me/p1mZsI-y8

6 comments on “Advice For Young People – Journal

  1. Blackhat2005
    December 27, 2012

    Whenever I feel down in the dumps, I rewatch the response video you made for me about a question I asked pertaining to this very subject. 🙂 Never stop walking that mind my friend

    • softypapa
      July 3, 2013

      Thank you, friend. Your message means a lot to me. 🙂

  2. Samsmd
    November 12, 2014

    Great content, Kurt. Very helpful and inspiriing.

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  5. Andrew
    August 13, 2017

    Hi Kurt,

    Thank you for the tremendous effort and emotional energy you have put into sharing your life experiences and philosophy over the years. We have so many similarities, sharing your life is rather like peering into a possible past and future.

    I have found watching your Japan videos, as well as your move back to the US interesting and thought provoking. They remind me of similar experiences I had living in Japan, and ultimately moving back to Australia.

    Your videologs of your trip through siberia are similarly thought provoking. They raise thoughts about goals I have set and sit languishing while I pay off the debts of other lost past opportuniteis missed. I got a little greedy with great adventures in my 30’s which didn’t pay off. I hadn’t heard your last affirmation about knowing your limits at that stage ;). I’m not sure it is something I subscribe to as I often find I can achieve far more than I ever think I can when I really put my mind to it. As such, I usually leave time and chance to be the decider there.

    Your experiences and return to the US remind me of similar experiences in leaving Japan afer some pragmatic decisions were made. My wife and I returned to Australia – fortunate decision as unknown to us at the time, I had a tumor in my head (but no longer). I’ve only recently begun to appreciate the true cost of that experience, beyond the immediate cost of having it removed. The costliness of risk averseness I developed in aspects of my life has become far more apparent recently.

    Your Siberia video’s are a reminder that I should be fearless in following my nature. Like you, I’m a family guy, and father of a daughter I adore dearly. I am 10 years behind you, so sharing in your life is experiences is like viewing a possibility. It also awakens me to how little time I have to enjoy being with my daughter before she goes down her own path in life. Currently I work in a different city so only see my wife and daughter 3 days roughly every fortnight – a strange cicumstance that I willinly placed myself in so she can have a better life while I fund it. Hopefully the cost is worth it…

    I tend to maintain an emphasis on the immediate living in the now without heavily considering the messy impermanence that leads to an end. Myopia is comforting, but with age begins to appear more dangerous and foolhardy in hindsight. Striking a balance of truely enjoying now while reflecting on the importance of it through the gravity of its impermanance is a challenge. I really hope you are happy, and are enjoying a good life that is good to you despite the challenges.

    Best wishes to you and your family,


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