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#183: What do you see when you look into the future? Sadly, I see things getting a lot worse for the world if more people don’t start working for change–in the environment, in politics, etc. If you just sit back and let things go, they won’t stay neutral–they’ll slide downhill. Even small changes in your personal sphere can add up and make a difference, so don’t ever think that you can’t do enough because you’re “just one person”.
#184: What makes you angry? Why? People who neglect or abuse animals. Like these assholes. I would never give one my kitties away for cash! They’re part of the family!
#185: What is the most valuable life lesson you learned from your parents? To budget carefully and never overstep your means. I know a lot of other twenty-somethings who are in trouble financially because they racked up credit card debt, or bought a too-expensive car because they were able to stretch to make the payments at the time and now with a cut in hours or wages they can’t make those payments. My Dad also really hammered into us the importance of “saving for a rainy day”, which has saved my butt countless times.
#186: What does love feel like? A blanket. Which sounds weird at first, but if you think about it, love makes you feel warm and safe and a bit soft, so I think it fits.
#187: What are your favorite simple pleasures? I’m sure you couldn’t possibly guess this, but…books and tea. Yep. Shocking, I know.
#188: If you could go back in time and tell a younger version of yourself one thing, what would you tell? To say “no” more. For years I struggled with being a people pleaser and as a result, I was often unhappy. Saying “no”–to a commitment you’d rather not make, a project you’d rather not take on, etc.–lets you take charge of your itinerary instead of being tossed around based on what other people want.
#189: What do you do to deliberately impress others? Hmm…I don’t like showing off, so I don’t know.