Hey friends! I’ve recently been scrolling through the world wide web as one does, and I found some really interesting questions I wanted to ponder with you all. Instead of answering standard questions for you to learn a little more about me, I figured you all could get to know what I think and believe and learn more about me.
Do you think God is real, and why?
Yes. I didn’t think so growing up. My parents were the type to go to church but not actually be really invested in the community or really help us kids understand what exactly we were learning and why we were learning it. But overtime, I made my faith my own and the Lord revealed to me His presence in my life. If you’re interested or on the fence, I think that Jesus’s death and resurrection is the best case to be made for Christianity. The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel is a good book to read. The movie is on Netflix as well.
Do you think people fall in love because the right person has arrived, or because the time is right (regardless of whom the person is that they fall in love with)?
As a single young person, I haven’t met the “right person” yet or if I have, I haven’t realized it yet. Anyway, I feel like this question is asking about fate and timing. I think we choose who we love. There aren’t perfect people out there. The movie idea of finding your perfect person is false. Maybe two people are compatible but that doesn’t mean they don’t fight. That doesn’t mean they agree on everything.
In terms of timing, you could definitely meet someone who you like and have great affection for, but do not have the capacity to settle down. In that case, is it wrong timing or is it the wrong person? I have no idea for this question.
I think the answer might be a mix of both. I think you can retire some of your wildest dreams, or at least, the way you envisioned them when the right person enters your life and I think in some sense, you have to surrender yourself to love. It’s the right timing when you look at the person in front of you and decide that you want to commit to them, come what may.
How would you describe your first crush?
Thinking back on this is kind of hilarious but also terrifying. I had my first crush in fourth grade and I don’t even remember that much about him. I think he must have been funny. Yeah, that’s all I can really remember.
What legacy do you want people to remember about you after you’re gone?
After I’m dead and gone, I hope I’m remembered for the way I love. I want someone to remember my warm hugs and the words from my heart. I want someone to remember that I liked to laugh and that I laughed loudly without caring who heard. I want someone to remember my faithfulness. That despite feeling lost and confused, I tried to follow Christ in this life every step of the way.
What book has influenced you the most?
This is hard. It’s like asking which of your children invades your mind daily as you think upon them with love. I don’t want to give a cop out answer, but I’ll definitely say the Bible. It was a really big part of my faith journey.
In terms of a secular book that changed me, The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker is it. There are definitely a few more – The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan and Every Soul A Star by Wendy Mass. Books that remind me that this world is bigger than I could possibly know, remind me that we’re all linked to one another, that the transitions aren’t easy, but a life that is worth it never is. I’m touched by the reality that we’re all on this blue ball spinning around in the universe and one day, we will be returned to dust, and all that matters are the fleeting moments were all here. Remember this much: this is all we’re guaranteed.
Do you believe that the day will arrive when humans will be replaced by machines in almost all aspects of life?
Yes and no. I think there are some things that robots or any form of AI will never come close to – the connection between a human and another human could never be replaced by AI. However, so much of the jobs we have can and will be automated. The jobs that require more complexity and are not in the realm of STEM will be occupied longer by humans.
Our world is changing and it is up to this generation to be open to the changes so that we are prepared for what this means for the future.
What is your life’s soundtrack?
I’ll link my 2019 Spotify playlist here. But my life soundtrack probably starts off with some Kelly Clarkson and Avril Lavigne, as that was what I listened to in my childhood, and it goes into songs I’ve put in my journals over the years, up to now – lots of worship and pop punk. Seriously, Light Year by The Story So Far – a dream. TSSF will never be able to top that song.
What kind of parent do you think you will be?
I hope I am prepared as I am spontaneous. I want to be the type of parent who knows their child so well that I can tell if they’re in a bad mood or if they’re experiencing something else. I want to be the parent that takes the kids on a roadtrip across town just to see the sunrise on a random Tuesday morning. I want to be the parent that shows up for the things that matter – even if it’s the small dance routine my kid just made 2 minutes ago. I want to be present to them and to love them as much as one human can love another.
What do you think are the two things that prevent people from realizing their dreams?
I think fear of others is a big one. If you believe everyone else’s approval matters more than your own, then you will always look to what others say about you before you look to yourself. What other people think is scary. And it matters. It just doesn’t matter as much as we think it does in the grand scheme of things.
Another thing is money. Not everyone has all the tools they need to start a business. Some people are focused on giving to their families to help them survive versus quitting their job and building something new. If everyone had a discretionary fund for things they loved or an emergency fund for several months of expenses, they’d all be more likely to take a financial risk and do that thing they love.
What small act of kindness do you believe is underrated?
Eye contact. This seems so dang small. But I promise it’s everything. Homeless people say the worst part is not that people won’t give. It’s the looking away, the avoidance, the loss of contact. Eye contact is super scary. Sometimes it’s not even well received. But it’s a reminder that the other person is human. You are both two human beings who deserve food, water, and human connection. We rob people at the feeling of connection when we pretend they don’t exist. I feel like I could write a whole blog post about this!
Do you believe in coincidences?
1000% yes. I don’t necessarily believe in a random sequence of events occurring repeatedly. Rather, I think they are something more entirely. I believe God gives signs to those He grants vision to see. And sometimes, they’re coincidences.
Maybe it’s a quote I see over and over again. Perhaps someone says something to me that I’ve already read in a book. It’s small things like those that remind me that I’m not alone in this world. There is something bigger at work here.
Maybe take some time to answer a few of these questions in the comments. I’d love to hear your responses!