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- Do you think people can change?
Yes. I don't believe anyone could live their life without changing.
When I was much younger, I believed that people were fixed. When we figured out what we were good at - our talents being pre-programmed into us from birth - then we'd just do those things, enjoy and be good at them. The idea we could develop in other new areas seemed foreign, surely life was about figuring out what you were naturally good at?
What I didn't realise is that human beings are incredibly adaptable, and just because you're not good at something straight away doesn't mean you can't learn. There's no rules about what you can do or learn in life.
As you get older, your mind (hopefully!) expands to encompass more ideas. I now believe that life is a learning cycle, if we stayed the same, doing the same things and were only good at particular things, life would be boring. I wish that I had more confidence when I was younger to try more things and not worry about being 'good' at things or trying to put myself into boxes. But learning this has been part of my development so that's probably a good thing!
I think anyone can change their life - you hear stories of people doing it all the time - if they learn to do other things or think about life differently. Its what you choose to do that makes the difference.
When it comes to personality traits, whilst it may be more difficult to change aspects of ourselves because we are used to doing them as a habit, it is hard, but not impossible. It all comes down to how much we want it, how much effort we put in and having a healthy dose of patience.
- Reality TV
The idea that people want to spend our leisure time escaping our meagre lives to see what someone else is doing, has always seemed pointless.
Whilst shows like Big Brother has largely lost its appeal and I'm not even sure its on TV anymore, the lifestyle shows where you are a fly on the wall to someone's existence seem to be a dime a dozen. There are so many opportunities, from gypsies to body transformations, to see how someone else lives. I think all that time and energy we spend watching others could be spent looking at our own lives.
I don't watch much TV generally, I have a few series I watch and I mainly watch them when I want to, instead of a TV network instructing me to be at home in front of the TV. As I'm not chained to a TV guide, I spend my free time doing a range of other interesting activities, listening to music, seeing friends, going to gigs, sewing, reading, studying, Tai Chi, gym, cooking etc.
All of these activities are what my life is made of. They are real, I do them with my hands and my mind, they are my reality and I am grateful. When people remember my life, they wont recall the TV that I've watched, by the things I created, changed, learnt, shared and loved.
Why would you want TV to deliver you reality when you have something even better in your grasp?
- Lazy vs productive
Do lazy days make you feel rested or unproductive? What's your ideal amount of "lounge around" time each week?
It really depends on what you do to relax. Some people love doing things to relax, that could be playing sport, going to the gym, visiting a gallery or museum, taking a walk, meeting friends at the pub. Sometimes its just doing something you don't often get a chance to do, something indulgent.
Lazy days might be where you just sit around in your pj's and drink tea and watch films or they could be just days where you have nothing formal planned and you just do whatever takes your fancy.
I think that 'downtime' is very important for anyone. You need a chance to have some space and time where daily activities and responsibilities aren't pressing on you, where you can allow your thoughts to wander instead of being focused on tasks and what you're doing next. Downtime can be used to be productive or doing the things you just don't get to do.
Productivity is in the eye of the beholder, so if you think that being lazy is somehow wrong or means that you aren't being productive then you need to give yourself a break. Even God had a rest day at the end of the week. Life is about balance, achieving that balance may not be easy, but its even harder if you are hassling yourself to 'do' all the time.
Enjoy being lazy, use your downtime productively by allowing it to be just that, downtime :)
- Where do you find creative inspiration?
Thinking about the times when I need to find inspiration...
Often the inspiration I need to find is in my writing, most of which is work related. The best source of inspiration in these cases is people. People who have asked you to write things for you in the first place. Colleagues, your boss, people you see in the kitchen or in meetings. Often a conversation can spark an idea and an idea can spark an exploration. Sometimes I get that with pictures too. I have some colleagues who are good at finding universal images to illustrate a concept and from that I get an idea of the type of image I'd like to use. Then I can just go and search for it.
My other writing (lyrics) just comes when it comes - through thinking about life or issues, or looking out the window, the weather or something random.
Other creative things may come to me through activities I enjoy like sewing or cooking, I will get ideas from things I see around or perhaps looking through a book or online. More often than not I have more ideas that I can realistically do and projects coming out of my ears so I am not lacking!