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Interview With a Teenager

There are many periods in one person's life. To me, they all seem distinct from each other. Referring to those farthest in the past, in my mind, it was almost like they didn't really happen to me. Some of the choices I made before, from this perspective, looked like some other person made them on my behalf. Especially in the first couple of decades. But that's the point of growing up and all the changes that happen from early youth to adulthood. Later, we are left with tons of memories that we look back on most of the times with a smile on our faces, sometimes with a little sadness or shame and once in a while with a confused look as if it happened at all. But, one thing is certain, everything that happened, exactly how it happened, defines us as we are today.

Viktor, testing the drums before 'Some like it hot', theatrical play

Of them all, no single period in life compares to the one called teenage years. I remember those years. Vividly. If I could choose just one phrase to describe all what's happening during those seven years, it would definitely be 'trial and errors'. It was just like tasting the life that was thrown at me for the first time. Understanding it. Embracing it. Maybe little changing it on the way.

But enough about me, the rest of this post is about my son Viktor and continuation of the 'Interview' series, started with him being seven and ten years old in 'Interview With an Expert' and 'Interview With an X'. Anyway, these are 15 questions for his 15 years I selected to ask him today. I'm really proud of all his answers and his way of thinking. 

Describe yourself in 5 words or less.
Determent, ambitious, loyal, generous and honest.

What's the best part of your day at school? Why?

P.E. and all of the breaks in-between subjects. Because I get to talk to my friends normally and rest a little bit.

If you could invite three people, living or dead, to your birthday party, who would you choose? What would you talk about?
Einstein, Jesus and my father. We would question Jesus.

Imagine you’re the president and you need to have 3 people to assist you. Who would you pick and why? 
I'm not really into politics so I don't know who to pick.

What have you learned in life that you feel will be the most useful?
Motivation isn't real, but discipline is. Try to be as optimistic but as realistic as possible. Never give up.

If you could change anything in the world and made it idealistic, what 3 things would it be and why?
I would get rid of all the governments, no more countries and everyone would speak the same language.

How would you explain Earth to aliens?
I think there is a lot of diversity to this question but lets say in the case that we come to them. I would most likely try in some way to use physics, math and chemistry to explain Earth.

Do you think it's better to have one great skill you're an A+ at, or many skills you’re a B at and why?
This question is very easy because if you had only one skill that you are A+ in then the rest skills would not be so great... So that is horrible... I would rather have many skills that I'm a B at. I could easily improve in skills that I like. And also have a lot of options if I ever change my mind.

Imagine you're the teacher tomorrow at school. What are 3 things you'd teach that you think would help make school better?
Self defense, how to be a better person and show the kids the real world.

How would you explain the word 'love' to someone without using the word 'love'?
Umm... Make this with my hands 🫶

What is the most important thing you learned in school NOT taught by a teacher?
The world isn't black or white. It's gray.

If you could travel back in time 3 years, what advice would you give yourself?
Make me proud.

If you could grow up to be famous, what would you be famous for?
I would be famous for motivating other people to become the best version of themselves and show how to really be successful.

If you had enough money that you never had to work, what would you do with your time?
There is no money in this world that would make me not work.

What do you think your life would look like 10 years from now?
I hope I will be successful in the future and be more capable.

So there you go. When selecting the questions, I knew they should not be too detailed or too serious. Nevertheless they supposed to be appropriate for the age and to make it sure, I performed a small research first to find the right ones which I thought was the most suitable. Sometimes, even the shortest answer to an apparently entertaining question shows a lot.

I wonder, if I had a chance, how would I answer them back then. Hopefully not too different.

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