Seattle, Washington Clearing the Air

I am not the guy in the video.

Just had to get that off my chest.

I mean yes, that’s me up there. There’s no internet imposter scandal. But people do not smile when I walk by. I don’t create happiness wherever I go.

In person, I can, from time to time, be rather cranky. I do, occasionally, have a bad attitude. There have been moments where I have not lived life to its fullest potential.

Don”t get me wrong. I love traveling and these last few months were a hoot. But it’s not always fun, and sometimes the hassles take their toll on my behavior.

Sometimes I use this blog to vent my frustration. Sometimes I write how I feel and it makes me feel better afterwards. And sometimes it pisses other people off.

So I made this thing — this video. And a lot of people are watching it. And they take away a message. It’s unspoken, and maybe because it’s never articulated it becomes more potent. By saying nothing, people hear exactly what they want to. And that guy on the screen becomes a symbol for what’s important, what’s possible…

There are folks debating online about whether or not I actually exist. Seems irrefutable to me, but it’s a contended issue.

Point being: they expect a lot out of that guy on the screen.

And then they come here and poke around. Things go downhill quickly.

So I just want to clarify. I want to manage your expectations.

The video isn’t a lie. It’s a sincere expression of how I feel about…stuff. I’m thrilled that it inspires people. I”m thrilled that they find meaning in it. But understand that as soon as I stop dancing, it’s bound to get more complicated. The brotherhood I feel toward my fellow man does not extend to the man next to me on the plane who just farted while clearing his sinuses.

People tell me how jealous they are. They want to be that dancing guy.

I want to be that dancing guy. It’s a worthwhile aspiration. But I’ve got a long way to go. There are gaps in between those clips.

And Canada, please, take it easy. I won’t make excuses. I’m really sorry I neglected to put you in there. It was not intended as a slight. I will work to remedy. In the meantime, cool it with the comments, emails, voice messages, headless teddy bears on my doorstep, and blood-inked poetry on my windshield. I’m not ignoring you. I don’t hate you. We can work this out.

We can all work this out.

11 Responses to Seattle, Washington Clearing the Air

  1. Amaura Delaney

    One of my favorite sayings; Life Is Your Canvas. The Artist Is You.
    With Prosperity As Your Paintbrush Purpose As Your Palette –
    Embrace Bounty & Create A Masterpiece.

    This little movie creates a masterpiece in multiple layers, allowing one to sit back and travel the world (with out the complications of loosing your bags or drinking the water).
    You rock Matt! Mahalo nui;~D

  2. DJ

    Matt, saw you at BNL lastnight in Everett. That was a definite high of the show. What a trip! Thanks, and keep dancin’.

    We all have crappy attitudes sometimes and we all put on fronts at times too. We are just enjoying the experience you’re having of doing this video… and NOW doing the BNL thing. VERY cool!

  3. Marshall Bennett

    That dancing guy is an illusion and I hope that the dancing guy stops all that traveling and dancing and starts doing something with his life in just one of the communities that he danced in. The good news is that all that traveling gave him a healthy perspective on the world. The good news is that that new perspective will inspire him to do something more productive and helpful in the world than playing and making video games. If he goes back to making video games after he has seen that whole world he will just be a insignificant, enlightened world travelor. But if he uses that traveling knowledge in planting some roots and working to change just one single community in the world, to help *those* people– to help them to not just wish and dream that they could be the brave travelor he is– to help them to just get a little bit of what it is he takes for granted– now that would be inspirational.

  4. Markus

    Marshall Bennet’s comment above is amazingly condescending and smug. He reads a little bit about a stranger on the Internet and feels compelled to instruct him that if he doesn’t dedicate his life to what Mr. Bennett has deemed “productive and helpful”, then he will be “insignificant”. Personally, while my wasted time surfing around the Internet is not conducted in search of life-changing bolts of lightning, I find Matt and his attitudes and humanity far more “inspirational” than Mr. Bennett’s arrogance and self-satisfaction.

  5. Levi

    i am so sorry that someone would do that I mean come on headlesss teddy bears…poetry with blood on it…Creepy.

  6. Lauren

    YAY!!! You realize you didn;t come to canada! :)

    im happy now!

    oh and p.s… i highly recommend going to hudsons bay, moosonee

  7. Grace

    Trust me, those people out there are entirely WRONG. You can’t go everywhere! (Not yet anyway ;D)

    Matt Harding = Internet Dancing GOD.

  8. David

    Great and very touching how a man could be so kind to convince so much people joining his idea… congratulations!

  9. Hi Matt,
    As James Brown said “I Feel Good” after watching you dance your way across the world. If you are ever in Cincinnati/Northern KY, please come dance with The Blue Ravens.

  10. debbie

    Why can’t the WHOLE world just dance together like this and enjoy just being ALIVE!!!! There does not have to be so much hatred.

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