ruthless compassion (aroraborealis) wrote,
ruthless compassion
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interview memelet



1. What's your dream job? Why?

I have LOTS of dream jobs. Ideally, I'd like to be doing something that feels good to me, whether that's on a personal level or political. Current fantasies include having a farm where I can raise animals for milk, meat and wool, plans for food, decoration and cosmetics. With all of that, I could make sweaters, cheese, other yummy food, jams, preserves, soaps and lotions. I have some friends with whom I share this particular fantasy. I like the idea of this one because all these little crafty things appeal to me a lot, and I'd love to have the time/freedom to pursue all of them.

I'm also pondering the possibility of starting a bathhouse in the Boston area. There are lots in the SF area, and I can't figure out why they're not around Boston (unless the laws turn out to be really unfriendly about it).

And then, of course, there's the idea of doing fun stuff for a nifty nonprofit. Workshop facilitation or human rights work would please me.

But the big problem, really, is that I'm not hugely driven toward anything in particular, so... I keep dreaming :)

2. If someone offered you an all-expenses paid trip to a destination of your choice, where would you go?

A single destination? That's a tough one. Well, my next big travel idea is centered in South America, but if someone else is paying, I'd have to do the Europe thing, I think. Or possibly Australia for the scuba diving. But it would have to be at least a month long, in any case, as, after spending 4 months away, I can't quite conceive of vacations that are only a week or two.

3. Name three things that can turn a bad day around for you.

- A good, unexpected conversation with a friend or lover.
- Being productive -- checking things off my to-to list, baking, making something that I can touch.
- Getting outside! Wandering around new neighborhoods or through woods or just soaking up some sun.

4. If you could change one decision you'd made in the past, would you want to? Why or why not, and if yes, what would it be?

I'm one of those people who thinks that the decisions I've made contribute to the person I have become, so I'm not inclined to reverse decisions in the what-if kind of sense, since I like who I am today. If I were to do so, however, I would probably choose different classes my first year of college, as I think I would have enjoyed that year a lot more, and therefore been able to take advantage of my time there better, if I hadn't been stuck on a certain idea of what classes I "should" take. Or I might choose to leave my last job for Guatemala earlier, but apparently I'm a slow learner :)

5. List five things you believe.

I believe that:
- the meaning of my life is what I make it.
- things will get worse before they get better.
- there is no objective reality.
- there's a lot of information about a person in the company s/he keeps.
- my positive outlook makes my experience of life better than it would be without.
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