There are so many incredibly inspiring people in my life. I am very, very lucky. My family and friends are top notch, but I don’t always talk about them too much around here.
For the past year or so I’ve been wanting to start interviewing key people in my life so that I can celebrate them and share some of their wisdom, so I added this goal to my 30 Before 30 list:
14. start a series where I interview my loved ones: parents, grandparents, siblings, friends. real people.
I was really inspired to start this series after I interviewed my grams. I think I sometimes take the amazing people in my life for granted, and I don’t always take the time to ask them meaningful questions.
So why would I share these questions/answers here? Not Merely Living is many things to me. It’s a source of daily inspiration and motivation. It’s a place to dream and hope and plan. And it’s also a record of my life in big ways and small ways, so it only seems appropriate to interview some of the people who’ve had the most significant influences on my life to share here.
Today I’d like to introduce you to my youngest brother, Thomas. Not only is he one of the most brilliant people I know, he’s also at an especially pivotal point in his life–he just started his Freshman year of college.
Watch out world, this guy is going to take you by storm:
– Author: (I don’t really know if I have a favorite author, but I will give you my favorite book):
– Band: The Shins
– TV show: Avatar: The Last Airbender (I’m very cool)
– Movie: Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark
– Food: Cinnamon Rolls
– Color: Blue
Where do you think you’d like to be in five years?
Well most of all I’d like to have a job in my field haha. I don’t really mind where I am living but somewhere colder would be nice.
What are some of your favorite things about your life right now?
I’m enjoying the difference between college life and high school life. I have more freedom as well as more flexibility with my classes. I like the independence and the feeling of being more like an adult. Another one of my favorite things is the friends I have, especially my best friend Bailey (pictured above). We’ve known each other for close to two years now and I couldn’t ask for a better friend than her. I like the new friends I have made here at Auburn and my roommates, Charlie and Hank, are pretty awesome.
If you could change something about your life right now, what would it be?
I would make it so that I have more time. College definitely moves at a faster pace than high school, so I would love the ability to stop time so I could stay ahead. I guess it’s something that I’ll get used to though.
What are you most proud of?
When I was younger I was painfully shy. I never really participated in any extracurricular activities such as sports and a musical instrument while I was going through Elementary and Middle school. Going through puberty kind of just made it worse unfortunately. I hated being like that but I felt hopeless to fix it and that I would never change. As I missed more opportunities I felt that it would be too late to try and just jump into things like sports that everyone else my age had already been doing for a while.
Eventually though I grew more mature and gained some much needed confidence. I discovered a quote that would become vital to overcoming my timid tendencies:
I kind of adopted it as my mantra and slowly began forcing myself into uncomfortable situations in order to conquer my fears. It worked. It started with joining my high school track team and eventually led me joining several clubs and getting more involved. Of course I was awkward at times (and I still am), but I was making progress. I ended up being in the running for Homecoming and Prom king my senior year of high school, and I never thought that I would even go to a dance! Now I’m definitely not even close to being an extravert, but I’m proud of myself that I’ve been able to put up a fight against one of my strongest inner demons.
Who or What inspires you? Who are your role models?
One of my greatest sources of inspiration or motivation is music. Listening to music has become rather personal to me, and I use it to motivate me and to express my feelings sort of like my own private journal.
My role models would be my family and my close friends. I’ve learned a lot of different things from all of them and they have helped me to try to be a better person overall.
What are five of your current goals?
1. Graduate College
2. Get a good job
3. Get married
4. Have a family
5. Be a good person and stay true to myself
What is something you have learned recently that has stuck with you?
I probably don’t have to tell you this, but college is harder than high school was.
I moved rather smoothly through high school with no extreme challenges and it made me feel comfortable with my level of ability. However, it’s not the same at Auburn and coming across my first few difficult challenges really demotivated me for a few days as I felt like I wasn’t as smart as I was led to believe. After little while I learned that I shouldn’t let it get to me and I should just keep moving and try harder. It has taught me to try to really just do the best that I can and not worry about it because it will be okay in the end.
What are some key things you feel like our mom taught you? What about dad?
Mom has always been, to put it bluntly, loud, and for most of my life she has been really good at embarrassing me in public. I guess it made it worse because I was shy too. But as I started to look back I realized a few things about her. Mom doesn’t care what other people think, and she doesn’t worry about it. She has stayed true to herself. She has always told me to do the same, but I guess it never really started to have an impact on me until recently. Having mom really has helped me to see what I should strive for when fighting my shyness. Thank you, mom.
As for dad, he is one of the most hard-working people I know. Even when he comes home from working all day, he’s outside tending to the backyard or building/fixing something. The most important thing about that is that he does it all for us and asks very little in return. I can honestly say that I probably haven’t done enough to deserve all that he has provided for me, but I want to strive to have the same amount of loyalty and commitment to my family someday. Thank you, dad.
Which is your favorite ninja turtle? Why?
Leonardo. My favorite color is blue and dual swords are cool haha. I like how he kind of pulls all the others together despite the conflicts they have sometimes.
What’s something I don’t know about you?
I yawn a lot when I’m anxious.
Thanks so much to Tommy for answering my annoying questions in between studying.
I’m proud to be your sister bro.
Have you ever interviewed your family or friends? If not, what questions would you ask them?