Would you rather be extremely successful professionally and have a tolerable yet unexciting private life, or have an extremely happy private life and only a tolerable and uninspiring professional life? I want to be successful, but I think I’d be better with a happy private life. I think I’d be more happy that way rather than being ultra-successful but no one to really share that with. A good life at home makes the lackluster job more tolerable, I guess.
If you knew of a way to use your estate, following your death, to greatly benefit humanity, would you do it and leave only a minimal amount to your family? Yes, I would. I think my family would understand me, and I would hope that my family would be proud of me doing that. I don’t think my family is very materialistic, so the tangible things we’ll leave behind aren’t the most important. Would you accept a guaranteed, lifetime allowance of $50,000 per year (adjusted annually for inflation) if accepting it meant that you could never again earn money from either work or investments? No, I would feel useless and without purpose. I think it’s much better to know that you’ve earned your own money and have done well for yourself, through your own hard work.
Do your close friends tend to be older or younger than you? Most of my closest friends are around my age, give or take, a year older or a year younger. My best friend is about a year younger than me, well eight-months younger. A good friend pulls off a well-conceived practical joke that plays on one of your foibles and makes you look ridiculous. How would you react? I would probably flip sh*t! But at the same time, knowing my friends, they’d probably do something like that to make me realize that “it’s not that serious.” I think we all really try to bring out the best in us and help each other overcome our insecurities. Because, you know, that’s what grown-up friendships are. D’awww.
If you were able to live to the age of ninety and retain either the body or the mind of a thirty year old for the last sixty years of your life, which would you choose? Body, because the mind of a thirty year old has less wisdom. And, even if you have to live with the same body for the last sixty years of your life, you can still expand your mind. You could maybe even reform it. Do you prefer being around men or women? Do your closest friends tend to be men or women? My closest friends are more often women, but I didn’t plan that. It just came about that way. I don’t prefer being around men or women. I think we can all learn from each other. Why box ourselves in and limit what we can learn about life? If you went to a dinner party and were offered a dish you had never tried, would you want to taste it? Duh. Have you met me? Do you know me? …