How old would you think you were if you didn’t know your own age?
I have no idea, I think I look and act my age although I am told that I act older than my years or more mature than an expected 23.
What is worse: experiencing failure, or never taking on the challenge?
Never taking on a challenge. That one was easy. I would rather fail trying to do something I love than never even try.
If life is so short, why do we spend so much time doing things we don’t like, and at the same time doing so little of what we love?
Money. I could get very political about this and go into great detail but I think the word ‘money’ pretty much sums it up. We need money to live and that’s the way the world works. If I had more money I would have more time and would be able to afford to do the things I love. Life is short but you have to make the most of what you’ve got.
What have you really wanted to do which you’ve never done? What stops you from doing it?
Move to Cologne. I’ve wanted to do this for a few years now. Then I met my partner and realized I was too happy to leave. Turns it I’m more of a home girl than I thought anyway. I’ve left home and when I only lived a 20 minute drive away, it was still too far!
If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?
Theoretically – I would want what I would hope most people want. I would ask for World peace, happiness, equality and a house and home for everyone with plenty to eat.
Realistically – I would change the world for the younger generation. I would ensure they had the help and support they needed. I am in full time employment and all I really want right now is some support and guidance trying to buy my own home. This is hard to come by and although there are schemes out there nothing has fit the bill just yet.
If happiness were money, what kind of work would make you rich?
Photography – Cityscape, landscape and portrait. This is what I love to do. I may not be Ansel Adams or Dorothea Lange but I would give it my all.
Are you doing something you believe in, or are just trying to believe in what you do?
A little bit of both. Work wise I deal with vehicles and admin, neither of which I need much belief. I am proud of what I do, I worked to get here, and I enjoy it the majority of the time. In life I also think it’s a mixture, I believe in who I am and my actions… most of the time!
If you knew you would only live to 40, what would you change in order to live your life as best you could?
I would drink and smoke as much as I like. I wouldn’t have children because I wouldn’t live long enough to watch them grow and support them. I would move back home and save up and travel when and where I could. I would make the most out of everyday as best as I could. I would make mistakes and love and learn as much as I could. I would just live.
To what extent are you in control of what is happening in your life?
This I would say varies. Sometimes I feel I have full control over my life. Like everything happens the way I want it to there and then. Sometimes it doesn’t work out the way I would like and I have to change my plans but I still feel in control. Other times I feel the complete opposite. Like I have no control what so ever. I do suffer with anxiety and that is the best example I have of how I am not always in control. When I am anxious I would like to say I try to take back the control but I don’t always. It’s a difficult mind set to fight.
What is more important to you: doing things properly, or doing the right thing?
Doing the right thing. I don’t always, who does?! After all we are only human. I try to do things properly and in the right way but they don’t always go hand in hand.
You’re having lunch with three people whom you respect and value. They start criticizing one of your close friends without knowing that he or she is close to you. Their criticism is unjust and offensive. What would you do?
I would tell them to pack it in. no matter how much I respect or value someone close to me if they insult someone else I am close to without justice I wouldn’t accept this. I would tell them outright there and then.
If you could give a small child just one piece of advice about life, what would it be?
I would say choose your friends wisely – someone must have told me that because I feel I did just so. Good friends make life good.
Would you break the law to save someone you love?
Yes of course. Depending on the circumstance. For example, if a friend climbed into a private lake a night and started drowning, I would be straight in there.
What do you do in life which sets you apart from other people?
Truth be told I have no idea. Everything I do is pretty mundane. I pick things up to start them and a week later give up. I have crazy ideas I rarely follow them through. I don’t think this sets me apart from anyone else really. I don’t know what I do, I’d have to ask my friends and family. I do have my birthmarks which are not something I do clearly, however they certainly set me apart from everyone else!