Tealight Talks - "Futures" Part 2
Each month, the editors of Tealight Press interview each other with questions based on the months theme. For our second 'Tealight Talks', Matt interviews Sash on Tealight's topic for August, "Futures."
How often do you think about the future?
Honestly, not as much as I used to, which I think is a good thing. I'm trying to be more mindful and really get the most out of my life as it is right now, which isn't always easy as I'm very goal-orientated and feel restless when I don't know what my next steps will be. I am thinking about the future in a more general sense - I have a goal to be leading a plastic-free lifestyle by 2020 and I've been more conscious lately of how the decisions I make every day will impact the future of our planet. For a long time I associated thinking about the future with uncertainty and anxiety, but I'd like to frame it differently - ideas, potential, hope.
Are you living in the future you imagined for yourself?
I'm slowly getting there, and I think my past self would be very surprised! I've been sorting through some personal archives lately and, whilst I've developed new goals since my teenage years, I'm also very much still in touch with what my younger self wanted. There's something incredibly gratifying about finding a list written in 2007 which includes a life goal of moving to Canada - I'm moving there in two weeks! I've achieved a lot of things I wanted to do, like performing in a play, having writing published, moving out of my parents' house and getting a degree. I'm also comfortable in my queerness and gender identity, which were questions that my younger self didn't quite realise needed to be answered.
If you had absolutely no limits on your future, what would you spend it doing?
I guess this is a money issue as well as a time issue. /laughs/ I'd be travelling, writing, making art, volunteering and doing activism, meeting new people and spending as much time as I could with my friends and family. I don't have big career aspirations; I only want a lifestyle that will maximise my free time so I can spend it doing things that are meaningful for myself, my loved ones, and my community.
What's the biggest lesson from your past that you'll be taking into your future?
Have more adventures. Go to the dentist regularly and take care of your damn teeth.
What's your hope for the future?
That it's better than right now. There's a lot of chaos happening in the world and some huge changes. It would be so nice to be able to see a world which is a safer, cleaner, fairer place for all of us. Also, more books and poetry please - support budding artists!