Meet Michael from Popcorn

Meet Michael! Michael was sitting in Revolver Coffeeshop in Gastown and came across one of our Scatter Kindness Cards. He sent us a DM saying it was the exact message he had needed to hear. When people write to us saying how grateful they are for the message – it makes us do a happy dance! We love making strangers day, and becoming connected with them!

Instagram: @mikechwong

1. Describe yourself in 5 words?

Ambitious, Traveler, Coffee Lover, Passionate, City Boy

2.What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?

There was that one time I was at a bar and misread the cocktail menu. I ordered a boulevardier as a “negroni with bourbon”. The bartender nodded and said, “Yes, a boulevardier, right?” I insisted that I wanted a “negroni with bourbon”. He said, “OK, but for future reference, that’s a boulevardier”. Moral of the story: the bartender’s always right.

3. If you could be any animal, what would you be?
Definitely a red panda. Have you seen them? They’re the cutest thing ever!

4. What helps you through challenges?

Long walks along the Sea Wall with a Spotify playlist. I tend to be an overthinker, so it helps me clear my mind, be present in the moment, and remember that everything’s going to be OK.

5. What inspires you?

She’s not a real person, but I always look up to Alicia Florrick from The Good Wife. She’s strong, independent, and capable. You can put her into any situation, and she’ll somehow find a way to take care of it no matter what.

6. Tell us your favourite quote.

 “To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.” – Ulysses by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

7. Have you had any struggles in life that you want to share? How did you overcome them.

This past year, I struggled a lot with my relationships. Long story short, I got “500-Days-of-Summer’ed”, if you know what I mean. It took a while for me to become that “happy” Michael with a smile on his face that people were used to. A combination of things helped. I started jogging and taking long walks. I was also fortunate enough to have friends and colleagues that listened without judgement and made me laugh. Gradually, my mindset started to shift and  learned not to get attached to anything or anyone too easily. People come and go, so hold on to those who matter, and let go of those who don’t.

8. How do you express kindness?

Give someone your time. In this day and age where everyone’s too busy, it means a lot to someone if you deliberately carve out time for them. It shows that they matter to you, even if it’s something as simple as catching up over coffee.

9. Advice to your younger self?
Life’s too short to drink bad coffee. Would that count? This is going to sound cliché, but I’m going to share it anyways: Start traveling when you’re young and make it part of your lifestyle. You meet so many people along the way. You’ll keep in contact with some, forget others, but you’ll always remember the special moments, which make for excellent stories to tell months and years down the road.

10. What does Pay it Forward mean to you?

Every time you interact with a stranger, you have an opportunity to make or break their day. Choose the latter. These small but kind and unexpected gestures can make a BIG difference, especially if someone is having a tough day.