Interviews #1

On the Road to Becoming Who You Want to be

What are some characteristics you look for in a person?

Do you believe you have those same attributes?

What do you think is your greatest downfall and why?

For the past week, I have been asking different young women three questions. I believe these questions help us self-reflect on who we are and who we want to become.

Here are a few of the responses and I hope you can relate to some of them.

Vanessa, (21) Finds individuals who are humble, caring, and positive to be the qualities she looks for and she does believe she has the same characteristics. Vanessa described her downfall as being too hard on herself as she doesn’t like failure.

Stephanie, (23) Enjoys people who are humble, respectful, and compassionate. She hopes she poses the qualities she looks for in others. Stephanie describes her downfall as being too prideful, therefor she doesn’t take criticism well.

Cristy, (37) Finds people who are kind, honest, empathic and who can take a joke! She believes she holds some of those qualities. Cristy thinks her personality, which is often blunt & honest is her downfall.

Caitlyn, (20) Enjoys people who are funny, who have expressionistic faces and people she can have wonderful conversations with. Caitlyn thinks she has similar characteristics. She feels since she fears rejection, it doesn’t allow her to put herself out as much as she would want too.

Some of the other young women spoke of finding people who are responsible, punctual, and outgoing to be signs of good character. It seems like most of us hope to represent some of the qualities we like in others. We find it challenging to see ourselves with confidence, so we often second guess ourselves and give in to our downfalls. Jessica explained how she believes her temper gets the best her. Celina (17) described her fear of permitting people to take advantage of her because she is too kind and shy. Hannah (23) and Stacy (24) have something in common—they both believe themselves to be over thinkers and focus too often on negativity.

But, I am here to tell you, you are a good person and you can definitely start radiating those same great qualities to others.

Love Evelyn

Edited by Samantha McDonald

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