I came across a training exercise I did when I was a technical training supervisor (almost 8 years ago). We had to interview ourselves, which admittedly was pretty awkward. So, I went back and answered them again just to see if any of my answers had changed. Some did and some were more positive and some were more cynical while others were completely different.
1. What would you tell you 16-year-old self?
16 can be a horrifically awkward point in your life, but it’s important to discover who you are and not let anyone try to change you. Be a leader, not a follower; but know when to follow. It’s not all about having control all the time. Forge your own path and find your own individuality.
2. If you were stranded on an island and only had one book, what would you want it be? and Why?
This is actually a hard question for me to answer. I thought I would take the Bible for its spiritual and uplifting messages, but then I thought I would take Giovanni Boccaccio’s The Decameron for the complete and utter debauchery, then I thought ‘No’ it’s gotta be Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales for its complete and utter debauchery. Which brings me back to the Bible. So I guess I’d like to have the Bible with me for its spiritual and uplifting stories and for the debauchery.
3. What was the most important thing you’ve done so far in you life?
Getting my college degree.
4. What is your favorite word?
I thought about this long and hard and thought I would come up with some really cool, hard to pronounce college word; but none of them are my favorites. I have a favorite phrase.
‘Dumb ass’. It encompasses everything from what someone does to what they say and everything in between. And if they really get to you simply add ‘Fuckin’ to the front. Works for practically all situations.
5. What did you want to be when you grew up? Did you achieve it?
I wanted to be a model, an actor, and a writer. I do write — short stories, but to pay the bills I’m in the legal field.
6. What makes you laugh?
Probably the best laugh I get is when my sister and I gang up on our mother and make jokes at her expense, and it’s even funnier when our dad gets involved.
7. What makes you angry?
8. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Living in Colorado with a husband and maybe a kid or two and a dog. Or just a dog.
9. What is your greatest strength? Weakness?
My greatest strength is being able to see things and people as they really are? My greatest weakness is ignoring that ability.