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Meet Michael Hetzler

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michael Hetzler.

Hi Michael, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
As a kid, I was drawn to the seemingly infinite universe of my imagination. I still try to hold onto that sense of exploration, which I find is often enhanced by solitude. You owe it to yourself to find your own beautiful internal world and nurture it. I think it’s also important to search for what you love about the external world, even if you often feel at odds with it. That said, the people I’ve been fortunate enough to know throughout my life have made me who I am. It’s strange how little credit we can really take for our own personalities, though we’re of course completely responsible for who we ultimately become.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
One of the most consistently draining things I have to deal with is pretty severe social anxiety. The worst part about it is that it keeps you from being who you are and functioning at the level you know you’re capable of. I wish I could offer some sage advice about how to combat it, but since I’m still dealing with it myself, I can’t really pretend to have the answers. The main thing I’ve learned, though, is to just do what you want to do, even if it’s somewhat painful. I rarely regret facing my fears because trying is much better than not and wishing you did. 

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I’m mainly a writer and musician, but I love any kind of art. I’m in a band called Deep Waters, which I’d recommend checking out if you have a minute. As far as pride, I try to stay away from it, mainly because I don’t think it’s particularly useful. I’ve personally observed it as something that makes me stagnant, and I also never really believe I’ve earned it. The truth is, my work has just begun. I don’t think there’s much that sets me apart from others. People are incredibly different for the most part, but in very general ways we’re the same. I’m just stumbling through the dark trying to find my way and having fun doing it. And aren’t we all?

Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
The root of the word “happy” literally means “luck, chance,” so you definitely need some good luck to get where you want to go. But you can also create a lot of your own luck by forging connections and cultivating relationships with people. You can certainly be in the wrong place at the wrong time and that can have tragic consequences, but you can also make sure to be in the right place at the right time. There are endless opportunities for that, and we often instinctively know where we want to be, we just have to stop allowing our minds to talk us out of it. Like anyone, I’ve experienced both fortune and misfortune, but most of the time, no matter how I feel, I know I’m lucky. I’m continually astounded by the people (and animals) I’ve gotten to know. From my family to my girlfriend, to my friends, to people I’ve worked with, I’ve known some damn fine souls.

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Sara Khayat, Sasha Dylan Bell, Kastor Podgorski

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