A meaningful life always has a few wildcards. Here is number one:
ICEBREAKER: WILL SCIENCE OR ART BE MORE ESSENTIAL IN 50 YEARS?
My hopeful answer is art; though, I believe there will always be a dance between the importance of the two. If nothing else, my metaphysical studies (aka, woo) have taught me that I don’t believe art or science to be mutually exclusive – there is a place in our world for both, and often you can’t have one with the other. The artistry of science? Glorious. Some of the most creative people I know are scientists – and accountants; some of the most logical thinkers are the artists with whom I am grateful to spend some time.
GOING DEEPER: IF YOU HAVE OR WERE TO HAVE CHILDREN, WHAT IS ONE GIFT OR LESSON YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH THEM?
I have four children, adults now at 20, almost 21, 23 and 24. Though they are all mine and all raised in similar circumstances, each represents a different point on a compass. I was raised in a family who had a lot to say about how I lived: what courses/jobs I took, what friends I had, who I dated/married, what hobbies I enjoyed – no aspect of my life was my own. I often balked (indeed, earned myself the reputation of being the family “rebel”) but always, in the end, conformed to the will of others. You know, the path of least resistance. I hope to take the lessons (and my resentment) and funnel it in a positive way for my kids. I give them permission to follow their own path with no interference or “help” from me. I believe I’ve raised them well enough to know themselves best. I appreciate that they include me in their decision-making process but I don’t make the decisions for them. In the end, I want my children to know that they get to own their choices – the victories and failures. There will be plenty of both.