Audrey Hepburn said, “If my world were to cave in tomorrow, I would look back on all the pleasures, excitements and worthwhilenesses I have been lucky enough to have had. Not the sadness, not my miscarriages or my father leaving home, but the joy of everything else. It will have been enough.” Do you think you would do the same, or do the sad times stand out in your mind?
It’s hard for me to sit here and reflect on the positive experiences I’ve had in my life, or even the past few years, because it’s always been overshadowed by the negative and sad times – I think because they’re the moments that generate a more significant emotional reaction; they’re the ones that are the hardest to deal with and the ones that take more of an emotional toll on us.
Who is the happiest person you know? What is their secret?
I find that I’m constantly surrounded by almost unbearably positive people. These are the people who are constantly spamming my FB wall with their inspirational / motivational graphics, and status updates about how amazing life is blah blah blah.
We all have complicated histories. When was the last time your past experiences informed a major decision you’ve made?
Hmmm… I think when it comes to baggage and complicated histories, I have quite the rap-sheet… not going into details or specifics, but let’s just say there’s enough there to make a therapist quite a lot of money… *lol*
Rahm Emanuel said, “You never let a serious crisis go to waste.” Have you ever spun a crisis into an opportunity?
I think, if anything, I’ve always used a crisis as a learning opportunity.
I’ve learnt how resourceful I can be when it comes to the crunch. I’ve learnt a lot about other people, and how extremely selfish and destructive they can become. I’ve also learnt through experience that the only person I really can count on is always going to be myself.
I think that’s dependent on the actual crisis itself. The other factor here is that everybody has their own definition of the term ‘crisis’. Generally speaking, it would need to be quite extreme for me to consider something a crisis and I think that I’d be okay.
I’ve been through more than more my fair share of bullshit over the years, found myself in some less-than-ideal situations unfortunately caused by other people, and although at the time it feels like the entire world is crashing down around me in an extreme path of pure destruction, I feel like I’m going to have a complete breakdown and yet somehow, I come out on the other side. Not necessarily without taking a few knocks along the way, but I manage to end up okay.