I was inspired by a fellow blogger I follow, Mental Health @ Home, to answer some of these questions. Lately, it’s been so difficult for me to find inspiration to write. I’m not sure why. I think my mind is so muddled with trying to un-blur my future prospects that I barely ever know left from right anymore. Anyway, thank you Ashley! I love your blog! You’re hilarious and super inspirational! Sorry I’m not as funny as you. 😛
Feel free to comment with your own answers or repost on your own blog 🙂

A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip’s Quick Fire Round 8:

What’s your philosophy in life?
This may seem cliché, but do whatever you want when it’s the right time (as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone). So often, I used to use others’ life philosophies to direct my own path. I ended up wallowing in misery. It makes more sense to do what works for you.

Do you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert?
I’m definitely an extrovert.

What was the best phase in your life?
I’ve had two very good phases: my ski resort years and college. The best years were the ones that overlapped these two phases: 2011 to 2013.

When younger, you had a dream job, what was it?
I wanted to be a neurosurgeon (yes, when I was 5 until about 16, I wanted to be a neurosurgeon) and then decided that trauma surgery was more exciting. As you can tell, I’ve done neither. I’m a boring writer/filmmaker/teacher/contemporary artist with existential crises.

Did you get close you your dream job of young, now that you are grown up?
Yes, a couple times. I went to pre-med summer camp, where I met Janice of My Life in Medicine. Then, I got into a handful of really good colleges. I switched majors halfway through when I was frustrated for not getting into pre-med classes, professors telling me I couldn’t do it, that I had a “talent” for writing/film, etc. Then, after I got better, the research I did on fluoroquinolone toxicity reignited my passion for medicine. I applied to a pre-med post-bacc with 99% acceptance to medical school and I was accepted. I turned it down to make films about the exact stuff I wanted to study/treat, thinking I wanted to change things, not continue to work in a corrupt industry. I’m still not sure if I made the right decision.

What’s more important to you – looks, brains or humour?
Definitely brains. There’s no way in a million years I could be with someone who isn’t intelligent. I’ve dated some ugly characters because they are so damn beautiful on the inside.

What’s the best age for marriage?
Whenever is right for you… but probably 18 so you can finally have sex… just kidding.

If you have children in your life [be they yours or family/friends] what advice do you give them if any about when they are older?
I would tell them to find their tribe and stick to them. So often, people get carried away with what their parents think or what their peers think or what the society in which they specifically grew up in thinks. There’s an entire world to explore and you don’t have to feel like you’re alone or an outcast. There are some incredible people out there who are worth finding and staying with.

Do you ever stay friendly with exes?
Always, minus two. Haha! Check out my last post. Another ex is still one of my best friends.

What’s an ideal weekend for you?
Exploring a new city, good conversations with friends, trying something new, eating good food, and being outside. Petting animals is a plus. Skiing is ideal.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done and would you do it again?
I’ve done some pretty crazy things and I haven’t regretted any of them. It kind of depends on what you would consider crazy. When I think of crazy, I think of dangerous. I guess the craziest thing was hitting a jump on my skis right in the middle of Eastern deciduous woods. The woods there are super tight, so it’s more dangerous to ski backcountry than out West. 10/10 would do again. No regrets.

Ok, so you are nearing the end of your days – and you offered to live your life once more but are allowed three changes – would you accept those changes or live your life the same way again?
With all due respect, I’m only 25, so I have no idea. Also fun fact: this is the first year I haven’t felt bad about revealing my age. Why? I don’t know.

If you chose those three changes what would they be?
Again, I’m still a youngin,’ but I never would have ummmmm…. okay I would ride bikes more often. I would have taken my car to Hendrix. I would make it a priority to stay in touch and live near the people I loved before our relationships faded.

When you are enjoying some ‘alone time’, what do you think of?
I think about other people and my goals. I think about projects I could be doing and what lies ahead. I should probably be looking back at my past so I can plan for the future, but whatever!

What are your top 5 movies to date?
Don’t ask a filmmaker that question. It’s too hard.
Fess up, we all like some routine and order to our lives, what can you NOT go a day without doing?
Drinking water, breathing, and using the bathroom. Everything else is up to chance. I could really be down with a totally different schedule. I really like my mood diary, though!

What’s the most exciting thing to have happened this year?
I traveled to Canada by myself to film part of my documentary and I felt like a total badass. It wasn’t the first time I had traveled to a different country by myself, but it was the first time I drove to a different country (both by myself and with another person). Plus, it was for work. It was for work that I alone was in charge of. I took my own business trip by myself. So cool. So very cool. I’m looking forward to more of this. 🙂

Did you ever play Battleship the game as a kid or for that matter maybe even now?

Answers please on the third skin of a banana please using pixie dust and egg!

G2K by R.O.E.:
If you could change one thing in your life, what would you change?
I would change where I live.

Who would benefit from such change?
I alone would benefit from this change. Maybe my parents and a handful of friends in other places would benefit, too. If my boyfriend comes with me, he would benefit.

Are there steps you can take to make this change happen?
Yes, I can really just up and move. There’s nothing holding me back but my documentary, student loans, and all of the people I would be sad to leave behind.

How does this impact your life? (The thing you want to change)
It would make me happier to be in a place where I resonate with the majority of people, where good things happen, where there are interesting events and a lively art community, where there are free art raves and friendly people. I would, however, lose connection with my brother, cousins, a few friends I have here. Some of these relationships would be severed, a horrifying possibility.

How would your life be different from what it is today if this change occurred?
See above. Hopefully, I find a welcoming community with people who I can relate to.

Photo by Erik Odiin on Unsplash