Live in the moment and revel in joy and wonder wherever you find them.
When did you make the biggest difference?
I don’t think I’m qualified to answer this question. Only people who feel I’ve made a difference could answer it and they might not agree with each other.
Who had the most influence on your life?
My momma had the biggest impact on my life. Even though her life was hard and often strange and frightening she loved people with greater intensity than anyone else I’ve ever known. It was from her that I learned that love is not something sappy and weak; it is strong and fierce and often painful but if you want to burn bright and make a difference you need to embrace it, thorns and all.
What was your greatest moment?
Again, this is something for other people to decide. I hope my greatest moment is still ahead and that it involves helping people be more kind to one another.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I want to be a published science fiction author.
What did you admire most about your mother/father/parents?
I most admire about my mom that she loved with the heart of a lion, unflinchingly and with no reserve.
That is why my favorite lens of my own is one I wrote about my momma.
What advice would you give to your teenage self?
Forget about trying to fit in. You’ll never be able to do it and you’ll waste a lot of effort and stress trying to. Figure out what your positives are and try to make something helpful to others out of them instead.
Share something you learned at your day job that applies to life in general.
It’s more satisfying to accomplish something as a team than all alone.
How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
I’d be as old as I am and that changes by the moment. If I woke up with amnesia, I might think I were a young person who had had a rough time of things lately until I saw a mirror and then I might guess I were somewhere between forty-five and fifty.
What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world?
If I could wave a wand and change one thing for the entire world, I’d take away all unnecessary fear. I think people could get down to living kindly together if they stopped being afraid and lashing out in fear.