When were you happiest ?
Merging with nature or merging with people.
What is your greatest fear ?
Not merging, running out of energy to merge…
What is your earliest memory ?
Being driven to kindergarten by my grandfather. Helping the caretakers there hand out slices of rye bread, thinking I was one of them.
Which living person do you most admire and why ?
I find most children quite inspiring.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself ?
I have a puritan/perfectionist streak. But it has saved my ass many times.
What would your super power be ?
If you could bring something extinct back to life, what would you choose ?
Female facial hair and tails.
What is your favourite smell ?
Rhubarb, oxygen in rainforests, inhaling hair closest to skull.
What is your favourite word ?
What is your favourite book ?
A lot of them ! But the only books I’ve re-read are Anaïs Nin’s diaries.
Cat or dog ?
I have a cat allergy.
What would be your fancy dress costume of choice ?
Is it better to give or to receive ?
It is best if there is a flow between the two.
What is your guiltiest pleasure ?
What do you owe your parents ?
Integrity and not worrying what other people think.
What does love feel like ?
Warmth. The ultimate nourishment.
Have you ever said ’I love you’ without meaning it ?
What’s the worst job you’ve done ?
The travel side to my job right now can be inspiring, but also chaotic.
If you could go back in time, where would you go ?
To the conception of my children.
When did you last cry, and why ?
How do you relax ?
Films. We didn’t really have television when I was a kid. Around 30 I discovered films and started systematically catching up. I collect interesting documentaries and films, and watch a few nights a week. It has affected my subconscious : it used to be only music – now there is a mix.
What is the closest you’ve ever come to death ?
My grandparents dying three years ago.
What single thing would improve the quality of your life ?
How would you like to be remembered ?
It would be flattering to be thought of as someone who celebrated life.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you ?
Humility. Let go : all you can do is your best.