1. What is something not too many people know about you?
I can’t really think of things off the top of my head that people don’t really know. I’m a fairly transparent person as is, but I suppose something very few people know about me is that my father is my only inspiration. Not to say that anyone else is un-admirable, but my father is the only person who truly inspires me. I have this little philosophy that I should not and will not compare my life against others for the sole reason of knowing that I was not in their shoes. The situations could have been different, and I don’t typically compare my life against my father’s since we were brought up so differently, but I take that as a general base for myself. We act so similarly, I just ask myself, “Could Dad have done this?”
2. What are your biggest passions or hobbies?
I love writing. I’ve had an almost insatiable passion for it since I was a kid. I pride myself with having never let the world take away my dream, and that is to be a published author. I won’t lie; I haven’t had much time for writing in the last couple of months, but I’ve never completely stopped. Aside from writing, I would consider bodybuilding to be a hobby of mine. I do enjoy the act of weight lifting. I think it’s a good way to hone body kinetics and help find comfort in your own skin.
3. What are your goals for the future?
As of now, one of my long term goals is to finish up my degree by midsummer. I’ve had a few setbacks, but I won’t allow anything to stop me from finishing when I want to finish. My short terms are all revolving around trying to stay positive and optimistic through the day. I’ve got so much going on right now that if I let myself sink into my work, I’ll be drowning in my stress. To avoid this, I remind myself almost every other hour to think about my place in the world and who I am and what I’m doing with myself. I may not always have the same answer for myself, but it’s always going to be an answer that’s true to me.
4. What is your definition of success?
A fully stocked fridge. Or ordering from a menu without looking at the prices. But in all reality, my definition of success is living fearlessly. I mean being able to understand your life in most of its complexity, your place in your world, this world, your effect on people, and what you want to do with yourself. I have this idea that once you’ve come to certain level of self-efficacy, you begin to feel less fear or anxiety about living life. Life is difficult. Stress is difficult. Our lack of control is difficult and hard to understand, but I feel like if you accept the difficulty and hardship, you’ve really found success. Material success is temporary and needs constant re-gratification, but intrinsic success never waves.
5. Tell us something about the projects you're currently working on.
As of now, I’ve been training for a bodybuilding competition. I have collaborated with some photographers on creative ideas for shoots and projects, but that’s all still concocting in our creative minds. I don’t want to make any big announcements just yet, but there’s something coming, and it’s gonna be fun.