LAURA

What has been a positive defining experience in who you are now?
Trauma. Going through gut-wrenching, character-building life experiences- and coming out on the other side a better person.
What was the hardest part about what you see as the best decision(s) you’ve made?
Asking for help.
Describe your relationship with yourself.
In constant work.
Describe your relationship with the world.
A dichotomy. It is not often a smooth continuum. Shifts from one extreme to another. I am usually very deeply saddened or ecstatic about what I observe around me. I am a helpless victim to the human condition. Sometimes I take the world very seriously, and at other times I prefer to be careless and laid back.
What are your weaknesses? How have they helped you?
Self-Doubt. I’m not sure if this has helped me in any way. Other than the fact that I suppose I continue to surprise myself.
What do you think it means to be kind to yourself? How does this compare to how we are kind to others?
To give yourself a break. To accept you won’t always be perfect, and to move on and let it go. I think how we treat others is a reflection of how we treat ourselves, but on the flip side sometimes it can be very hard to give the same kindness we give to others to ourselves. I have always been able to find forgiveness in my heart to give to others, yet there are still events in my life where i’m mercilessly holding back forgiveness towards myself. I’m not sure why, I guess I am just my own worst critic.
What is the hardest emotion for you? Why?
Guilt. I can’t stomach the thought of deeply hurting someone, so guilt drives this “need to please” tick inside me, which is not always practical or self-loving.
What do you think the downfall of this generation is/will be?
Social media
Allow me to explain, with…
Patience, Priorities & Purpose
Patience: It’s hard to beat the instant gratification you receive from a flood of “likes” on a photo you have posted. Social media is an automatic ego booster machine. If you don’t know the answer to something you are wondering about- you can google it and know the answer in record timing. Absent minded wonder, and imagination, are dwindling. I believe that many people in this generation struggle on pursuits that don’t give them instant satisfaction or instant answers.
Priorities: When you are sitting on your deathbed it’s not going to matter how many followers you have or likes you got. Yet, its part of way too many modern day conversations.
Purpose: There isn’t a lot of things that people do just for pure enjoyment anymore. instead, they have they do it and post how/why and compare to what everyone else is doing.
If you could change something about society, what would it be?
Social Media or Empathy and how society responds to mistakes.
What does love mean to you? Does this meaning differ when applied to yourself, is it something you’ve learned in practice or are trying to achieve through practice?
Never having to apologize for being yourself, as well as knowing that you can be many different versions of yourself, and still, you should never have to apologize for that metamorphosis.
What does “home” mean to you?
Comfort.
What inspires you?
A combination of nature and the human condition. how you can emotionally connect with objective phenomena. How science underlies beauty. Depending on your vantage point, whether it be biology or photography, nature can appear so different to each person- yet its equally inspiring and phenomenal.
What are your expectations of others? How does this compare to the expectations of yourself?
To be kind humans.
To have empathy
To judge others not based on their mistakes- but rather, how they respond to their mistakes.
I set these expectations for myself as well.
What is a myth about yourself that you would like to be eradicated?
That kindness equals weakness. Its a myth that I have embodied for years and I am just starting to crack the case.. and it feels wonderful.
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