What is the single best piece of advice you’d give to everyone?
Stop taking everything so seriously. If you can take a step back and laugh at things (and laugh at yourself), you’ll be a much happier person.
When did you make the biggest difference?
In the traditional sense, I like to think I made the biggest difference when I worked in a Breast Cancer Center in San Francisco. I wasn’t actually “healing” people, mind you, but I know that I helped at least a few people during a difficult point in their lives. I was working with some of the best people on the planet too.
Who had the most influence on your life?
Jeff Goldblum. I’m kidding. My mother influences me the most, for sure. As much as it pains me (because I like to think I’m such a special snowflake), I know I’m slowly becoming her. My husband is a close contender, but Mom has been around longer and provided me with genes.
What was your greatest moment?
I’m supposed to say my wedding day or something, right? WRONG. It was probably the day I got my dog. Sorry husband.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I want to be a creative powerhouse. I want to supply creativity to smaller houses and help them flourish in the flow of art and inspiration.
… I’m kind of joking, but kind of not. I hope that throughout my life, I’m able to affect, influence, and make people laugh with my thoughts, words, or actions. It’s vague, but it’s at the core of what I hope to be.
What did you admire most about your mother/father/parents?
My parents are so hardworking and generous. Basically, they are the opposite of lazy jerks. They make me look like a chump.
What advice would you give to your teenage self?
You’d be amazed how little other people are thinking about you. People aren’t picking you apart and analyzing you as much as you are picking apart and analyzing yourself; they’re too busy with their own crap. Self confidence, or lack thereof, is entirely in your head. Stop fixating on everyone else, decide what you’re passionate about, and pursue it relentlessly. Fake it till you make it and you’ll get there eventually.
Also, stop hunching your shoulders and stand up straight, or you’re going to end up with a hump.
Share something you learned at your day job that applies to life in general.
Be FLEXIBLE. Things at work, as they are in life, can change from minute to minute. Be open to those changes, and work with them, rather than raging against them, if you want to keep your head above water. Furthermore, if you can learn to love life’s spontaneity, you’ll probably live a longer and happier life.
How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
People think I’m much younger than I am, which is funny, because in a lot of senses, I actually feel much older. (And I mean “feel” in the mental way, not “feel” in the physical way). If I was to guess my age based on my mental state, I’d say I’m about 50. A crazy brained 50 with the sense of humor of a 12 year old boy, but 50 nonetheless.
What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world?
I wish we were more accepting of each other. Why are people so awful? I wish everyone would stop to take a moment from time to time and realize that they can never possibly understand what it’s like to be in another person’s shoes. Give people the benefit of the doubt as often as you can stand to, and be open and giving as much as you are able to. Now let us all hold hands and sing.