Bored at 2am the other night I looked up what life’s unanswered questions are (in a blog post I read, it included things like: Can you cry underwater? If a person owns a piece of land, do they own it to the centre of the earth? If the FBI breaks your down do they have to pay for it? Ya know, the usual). But then I stumbled upon a blog post entailing a list of thought-provoking questions that everyone should ask themselves. So I asked myself. And I asked a couple of my friends. Here are their responses to these 10 questions:
1.If you could send a message to the entire world, what would you say in 30 seconds?
Laura: Literally no clue – let me get back to you!
Sabrina: Be more forgiving and think less about yourself and more about others.
Sara: As the next generation of world leaders we need to talk about racial profiling and police brutality; we need to talk about politicians capitalising on fear and hate, and we need to empower women and the disabled. By increasing the dialogue and raising our voices, we can move forward and learn from the mistakes of the past.
2. If today was the last day of your life, what would you want to do?
Laura: Have my closest friends and family members over for a big Korean meal.
Sabrina: Go to the place where I spent all my summers growing up and return for one more day there with my family.
Sara: I have always wanted to visit Costa Rica, so going there for the day with my family would be the dream!
3. If your entire life was a movie, what title would best fit?
Laura: ‘Live, Love, Loz’
Sabrina: Ah no this is so hard! Umm… ‘Don’t Stop Believing?’ (?!)
Sara: I’m sorry I have no clue – need to get back to you on that!
4. What are the chances you’ve passed up on that you regret?
Laura: I regret not pursuing one of my hobbies (like piano or tennis) to a really impressive standard when I was younger (ie. I regret not pushing myself to be a child prodigy).
Sabrina: Not taking Art for GCSE or A-Level and not speaking to my grandfather on the phone before he died.
Sara: I slightly regret not carrying on with karate as I got to a high level at a young age. I think it was the right decision to quit but it would have been interesting to see how far I could have gone.
5. If you could ask a single person one question, and they had to answer truthfully, who and what would you ask?
Laura: I’d ask Jesus if he was the real deal.
Sabrina: I’d ask Bill Murray what he whispered to Scarlett Johansson at the end of Lost in Translation (it was never written in the script!).
Sara: I’m super interested in Russian politics so I would ask Putin about his game plan. Specifically, I would ask him about Crimea and whether he plans further annexation, or how long he can afford sanctions and justify his actions to the population given the state of the economy. I basically want to know how he plans to balance an outward display of power with inner economic uncertainty or whether indeed he has a plan.
6. When was the last time you tried something new?
Laura: Yesterday – I wore pure red eyeshadow out (not to be repeated).
Sabrina: Too long ago.
Sara: I travelled to very different places this summer – areas of real poverty and areas with people of completely different mindsets. I enjoyed the challenge of understanding a new community so unlike my own, whilst gaining a new global and political perspective.
7. What were you doing when you last lost track of the time?
Laura: Listening to music.
8. Favourite movie and book?
Laura: Movie I’d say ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’ and book would have to be ‘Disgrace’ by J. M. Coetzee.
Sabrina: At this moment in time ‘On the Road’ by Jack Kerouac and ‘Good Will Hunting’ or ‘Lost in Translation’ (although there are so many amazing books and films I haven’t seen or read yet!)
Sara: ‘The History Boys’ is my favourite film at the moment and ‘We the animals’ by Justin Torres is my favourite book.
9. If you could have personally witnessed anything, what would you want to have seen?
Laura: The Rolling Stones’ legendary concert on Copacabana Beach, Rio (2006).
Sabrina: Such a good question! Hard to narrow down, but: the bringing down of the Berlin Wall, the 1965 party at Ken Kesey’s house with the Pranksters and Hell’s Angels, and, though sinister, the falling of the Twin Towers.
Sara: Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech would have been incredible to see. I also would love to have seen the dynamic in Henry VIIIth’s court (slightly obsessed with the Tudors) or to have seen a Roman gladiatorial show.
10. What question do you hate to answer?
Laura: “Can you tell me something interesting about yourself?”
Sabrina: Most questions – I hate saying the wrong thing and am very indecisive!
Sara: Mostly I hate being repeatedly asked the logic behind certain decisions, especially if they are personal or concrete. Oh and I also don’t like being asked what I want to be when I’m older.