Essay Questions

What is your most memorable childhood experience?One of my favorite childhood memories was open-air dinners in our house while it was being built. My family would pack a picnic of sorts and eat together after family hikes or gardening.
What immediate family member do you closely identify with and why?My father. He has had one of the most amazing lives I've ever heard of and is a constant source of inspiration- mainly because he has remained so grounded in spite of his many otherworldly experiences.
What character traits do you admire in an individual?Honesty. I strongly believe that honesty and courage are almost synonymous because the truth is often scary. If someone is able to be honest with others (and themselves) they show immense bravery.
What is the funniest thing ever to happen to you?I was nominated to be man of the year in my high school and we had to showcase a special skill. Jokingly, I said I was a talented hugger whose hugs could change lives. I asked my assistant to choose volunteers to showcase my skill and they ended up choosing the superintendent of my school district. I proceeded to lovingly hug the man to the deafening laughter of 10,000 classmates.
If time and money were not an issue, where would you travel and why?I would sail the world. I love the night sky and the freedom a boat offers. The ocean is also mysterious in ways other places are not, which intrigues me.
When and if you ever have children, what would you like to pass on to them?A thoughtfulness about the world. Many people live their lives on cruise control. I want them to soak in the incredible richness of life.