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Your Questions Answered — Round 4

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Steph asked: Who would you consider to be the biggest influence in your life (can be many) and why? What do you want to do when you grow up? ;) jk...if you could have any job what would it be and why? I've never had one person influence my life in a way that changed me drastically. I've gleaned a little bit of knowledge from many people and observed their actions, but I think I'm a bit too stubborn independent-minded to let it have too much influence over me. Sometimes I've banged my head against the wall as a result, but things have also worked out for me where they didn't for others. Of course my mom is a major influence. Despite the fact that we are very different people with very different views on life, she has helped me a lot. Probably more than I wanted, and sometimes maybe more than I needed, and of course I rebelled against that. She's sacrificed a lot for me and my sisters and brother. She also taught me never to quit. I can thank (or curse) her for my persistence. My great-grandparents were also great people. When I was with them I felt peaceful. They never judged, they just loved. They were plain, simple and wonderful. They taught me that there is more to life than just 'stuff'. It's the people that are in them that matter. My 5th grade teacher, Mr. Strain, was my best teacher ever. He taught me what being a good teacher was. It's not just about making people understand the material. It's about how they understand. The process of learning. And sometimes the more important lesson isn't the material either. Something that happens during the course of the teaching can be extracted and made into a lesson itself. Don't be so hurried to get from A to C just because that's what you've been instructed to do. If something about B intrigues you, take the time to explore that as well. My friends. I didn't have a lot of close friends growing up. I didn't like getting close to people for fear that they would see that I wasn't everything that I said I was. I tried too hard to make friends with people that weren't worthy of friendship. My friends that I have now though have taught me that it's worth it to be a friend, to care about others, and to accept people for who they are. They've done the same for me. As far as when I grow up...I don't think I'll ever grow up all the way. I enjoy my times when I can just be silly and goofy and child-like. But, if I could have any job in the world? I'd be a writer/philosopher. I'd sit in a cabin in the woods, with my desk open to a huge picture window where I could see the beauty of the world laid out before me. I would think and pontificate and write and create. I used to think I wanted a really important job, fast-paced, high-living. But I've seen those people now, and I don't like them much. They're self-important and fake and political and unreal. I don't want to be like that. I don't want to have to be nice to mean people just because they have an important job over at XYZ Company. I want to spend time with people that I choose for reasons beyond what they can do for me. Either that, or I want to be a professional poker player.

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