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How to Host a Viking Funeral: The Case for Burning Your Regrets, Chasing Your Crazy Ideas, and Becoming the Person You're Meant to Be

How to Host a Viking Funeral: The Case for Burning Your Regrets, Chasing Your Crazy Ideas, and Becoming the Person You're Meant to Be

by Kyle Scheele
How to Host a Viking Funeral: The Case for Burning Your Regrets, Chasing Your Crazy Ideas, and Becoming the Person You're Meant to Be

How to Host a Viking Funeral: The Case for Burning Your Regrets, Chasing Your Crazy Ideas, and Becoming the Person You're Meant to Be

by Kyle Scheele

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For his 30th birthday, Kyle Scheele said goodbye to his 20s by burning a cardboard Viking ship to symbolically let go of his regrets, mistakes and anxieties of the past decade so he could look forward to a clean slate for his next decade. It's an interesting meditation on letting go of the past which can be a big burden to carry. His "Viking burial" went viral online and is part of a trend on various social media platforms.

An inspiring speaker and artist asked 20,000 people around the world to share the regrets they wanted him to burn in a mock Viking ship. 

This is the story of what he learned about letting go of the pain of the past and embracing the future with hope.

Turning 30, artist and speaker Kyle Scheele wanted to do something unusual to mark this milestone. Instead of a birthday bash, he decided to hold a funeral to memorialize the decade of his life that was ending. Building a 16-foot Viking ship out of cardboard, he invited friends to help him set it on fire—a symbolic farewell to his 20s and all the grief, regret, and mistakes that accompanied those years. 

When video of his Viking funeral went viral, it encouraged many others to let go of past hurts as well. Moved by the response he received, Kyle planned a second funeral (this time with a 30-foot cardboard Viking ship) and asked people to share the things they carried—the bad choices, disappointments, heartaches, and negative thinking that they wanted to lay to rest. He received more than 20,000 responses from around the world—stories both heartbreaking and hilarious, painful and inspiring. 

In this entertaining and wise book, Kyle reflects on what he discovered about freeing ourselves from the pain of the past, interweaving anecdotes from those who participated with the story of his own journey of renewal. “This story involves multiple Viking funerals, thousands of square feet of cardboard, and enough hot glue to supply your mother-in-law's craft night for the rest of time,” he writes. “But it also involves regret, self-doubt, insecurity, and ultimately, redemption. So buckle up. It's about to get bumpy.”

How to Host a Viking Funeral is the story of letting go of the people we used to be, but no longer want to be. It’s about renewal; where there was once regret there is now blank space—an opportunity for a fresh start.



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ISBN-13: 9780063087293
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/08/2022
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 43,996
File size: 11 MB
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About the Author

Kyle Scheele is a motivational author, speaker, and artist who has challenged tens of thousands of students across the nation to build a better world. When he’s not on a plane or a stage, Kyle is at home in Springfield, Missouri, where he lives with his wife and four kids and builds weird things out of cardboard.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xi

Section 1 Viking Ship Leads to Another

1 How This Whole Thing Got Started 3

2 A Long History of Weird Projects 10

3 The Second Ship 17

4 Everything Goes Wrong 24

5 Two Steps Forward, One and Three-Quarters Steps Back 30

Section 2 A Unified Theory of Regret

6 No Regurts 39

7 The Person You Were Five Minutes Ago 47

8 Here There Be Dragons 54

9 Making Heads and Tails 60

10 Flats into Curves 67

Section 3 Fears

11 My Third Favorite Roosevelt 77

12 What If Nobody Cares? 85

13 The Cave You Fear to Enter 94

14 If at First You Don't Succeed 101

15 The Opposite of Fear 108

Section 4 Experiences

16 No Turnarounds 119

17 Cutting Circles Out of Squares 126

18 Vernon 132

19 The Danger of Seeing One Side 141

20 Company Policy 149

Section 5 Identities

21 A Dog Named Kyle 157

22 Only an Artist 164

23 Best Cold Sandwich 170

24 Reading the Label from Inside the Jar 177

25 I'm Not That Person Anymore 183

Section 6 Relationships

26 It Only Takes One 191

27 With a Little Help from My Friends 198

28 The Worst Kind of Fat Guy 205

29 Kid President 211

30 The Hard Thing About Relationships 218

Section 7 Beliefs

31 A Star Named Kristina 227

32 These Things Have a Way of Working Themselves Out 233

33 I Don't Know What to Believe Anymore 240

34 I Didn't Have the Heart 246

35 What Doesn't Kill You 254

Section 8 The People We Used to Be

36 Ounces Become Pounds 263

37 My Danny DeVito Body Pillow 269

38 "We Didn't Start the Fire" 276

39 The Ship Burns 283

40 Greener Pastures 290

Epilogue: A Note on New Beginnings 295

Acknowledgments 297

Appendix: Selected Online Submissions 301

Credits and Permissions 308

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