For the most part, we seem to only be interested in the voices of the famous and distinguished, because apparently “fame” and “status” is what makes someone worthy of being heard. There may be some truth to this. Those kinds of people have experiences that deviate from the ordinary and there is a lot to be learnt from the unordinary. Nevertheless, everyday people; the ones that don’t live in the limelight, they have voices of value too.
Based on the above train of thought, I have decided to begin a series on this blog called Human. It will showcase prominent people in my life, their stories and the essence of their humanity. Gradually it will also assemble a puzzle of who I associate myself with, and how those people determine who I am.
To kick things off, I interviewed my boyfriend of 3 years; Daniel. I asked him who he was, to which he replied “Daniel”. Now I know that answer is simple in form, but when you know him like I do, you understand the intricacy of the reply. He is the kind of person that needs to be pushed to consider himself. He lives for others and as a barber and textiles student, he makes for others. Naturally, any interview pertaining to himself was going to require a lot of work. I got there though… I always do.
“I’m a creative person, and one that uses their hands more than their mind. One day I would love to have my own textiles label.”
The truth of it is that one day he will have his own fashion label. He’s 21 years old and is already a qualified barber and clothing store manager. Whatever co-ordinates he enters into his being, he manifests them, and I have no doubt that he will soon make himself known in the world of textiles.
“I like to be able to create something from nothing and that’s what textiles is. I can create materials and from there they can be made into something else, but what I made will always be a part of it.”
This led us down the tangent of legacies, of what he is going to leave behind in this world.
“I don’t want my name to be a forever type of thing. When you’re not there, your name could come to mean something else and I don’t want that.”
Another testament to who he is. Yes, he wants to spend his life creating and yes, he most likely will, but the pleasure he takes from it will never be rooted in selfishness. He wants to create simply for the joy of creating and the quality of his work will always mean more to him than the popularity of his name. I guess, whether I realised it before I not, that’s kind of why I fell in love with him.
Probably the most important question of the interview was, if you had to live your life as something else, whether it be an object or animal, what would it be?
“Well I would probably want to be a living thing, not like a chair or a phone.” He laughed.
Did I mention that he’s British? You can tell by his humour.
“You could be a tree but that’s very stationary and stuck in the ground and you could be a lion but that’s a lot of effort… So I would probably be a meerkat.”
Why a meerkat?
“Because they’re fun.”
So there you have it, a snapshot of Daniel. No he isn’t a movie star and no he isn’t a famous musician, but he’s human and in that humanity, there is a story worth sharing.