Tealight Talks - "Heart" Part 2
Each month, the editors of Tealight Press interview each other with questions based on the months theme. For this months 'Tealight Talks', Matt interviews Sash on Tealight's topic for May, "Heart."
Can you name a time when you followed your heart rather than your head, and were surprised by the outcome?
This question reminds me how often these two parts of me are at an impasse. I think it's a sign of maturity that I'm more able, these days, to reconcile them, or at least understand when it's best to follow one or the other. Deciding to quit my first degree, despite the 'logic' of pushing through on cheaper tuition fees (it was the last year before the UK tuition fee hike) set me on a completely new path in life. It taught me that failure is rarely absolute and that going off the beaten track has its own rewards. I wouldn't be the person I am now if I hadn't taken that leap and decided to pursue art school instead.
What’s something unusual you love to do?
Probably not unusual at all, but I love collage. I like messing around on ClipStudio and doing weird things like plastering giant animals Godzilla-style over cities, or just the tactile element of paper collage where I can arrange random photographs and coloured papers together. It's so relaxing!
Name three things that can instantly cheer you up.
Phone calls with friends, really good fanfiction, chocolate.
What place have you travelled to that you immediately fell in love with?
Not to repeat myself, but Cambodia and Canada are two places I feel so lucky to have lived in! There are places closer to home, too, though. The city of Liverpool always makes me happy to see photographs of it, and I went on a beautiful road trip through Scotland a few summers ago. I have so much love for so many places.
“Pursue what catches your heart, not what catches your eyes.” - what is something you’re passionate about pursuing?
I've realised how much I love being outdoors and I'd like to spend more time in the future learning about nature and being able to appreciate the beauty of it in depth. I know some friends who are really into foraging and it sounds like such a fun pursuit!