When was the last time you tried something new?
I need to do something soon. I have been in a bit of a funk lately; I am so overwhelmed, and I am tired. A lot has been happening in the background, and it is starting to affect my well being. I guess doing the same thing over and over again for the last ten months will do that to you. I would be frank; I am not in an excellent place right now. I need this blog to take off, and I am doing everything I can to do so. I yearn for an adventure and try something fresh, even for just a short while.
Who do you sometimes compare yourself to?
My yesterday self. I am quite analytical and meticulous, which becomes a defect at some point. Comparing myself to other people would exacerbate that character flaw. No one grows in a vacuum, but I also am my greatest critic. If I add other people to my criteria, it will send me in a downward spiral. I hate myself enough to want myself to be better, but not much of a masochist that I compare myself to others. That would make it difficult for me to become the person I want for myself.
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What gets you excited about life?
The future. I am aware that I am in a not-so-good place right now, but I try my best to look forward. With the way matters are going, it would only get worse before it gets any better. I am not a doe-eyed optimist that everything would alright, but the future always brings hope. It is a chance to make everything better – to make ourselves better. Dreams do come true to those who work hard enough for it, and that makes me excited.
Are you satisfied with your work?
Content enough to make me happy but not enough for me to stop working. Satisfaction is the death of desire, and you can never be truly content with what you have. Stay hungry and keep on moving – keep on dreaming, atrophy means death. This question reminds me of an argument I have with a reader back then. I get it; he is content and completely satisfied with his life – I respect that. But you cannot tell me that wanting more out of life is wrong. You cannot tell me that shining shoes is like shining a grain of sand: because even a grain of sand is not devoid of value. That is such an arrogant way of thinking. Just because you do not value something; does not mean it does not have any value. I cannot get this way of thinking; if you are genuinely content with life, then it is time to die.
What have people most often praised you for?
I do not do well with compliments; as I told you, I am my worst critic. But I go out of my way to make sure that it is appreciated. Much like satisfaction, I cannot go on with life thinking I am a special and unique snowflake. I am not special; I am as much as you are, trying to live his life the best he can, one day at a time. To somehow answer the question, some praised me for the way I present myself. Some also praised me for my people skills and work ethic. Some applauded me for being a solo parent, but I do not think it is needed because it is my job.
Bonus: When you think of your home, what immediately comes to mind?
My daughter. What else would it be? My home is anywhere that kid is; my heart resides at her.
Last week’s answer is Salmon.
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