Zane's Questions - Section 5

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Section 5 - 6 Questions

1.  What are you passionate about?

One would think this would be easy to answer but on-the-spot, for me at least, it isn't so clear cut. I am passionate about homeschooling, Judaism, gentle eating (vegan), animal rights, Autistic rights, Disability rights, Feminism (my own brand, not any particular wave), treating children as if they are people and not property...that being said, when someone says "What are you passionate about?" I imagine replies like music, art, painting, songwriting, poetry. writing, climate change activism, photography, knitting, etc. It is just that my "passion" for the list above does not match the kind of passion I imagine passionate people I know. So when I read this question, I feel blank. What am I passionate about? Maybe this will be what I focus on in 2021 - finding my passion.

2.  If you are to do something for free for the rest of your life, what would you want to do?

Volunteer at a Jewish organization and do programming - from brainstorming to fruition. I miss the level of involvement in doing that when I was at Nishmah, and the scale of programming that I was able to help with. 

3.  How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?

I would be in my mid to late 30s.

4.  What are your memories of 9/11?

 I was home sick from work. It happened. My work called me - each employee except for 1 - and asked who I thought it was. The Palestinians? The Saudis? All their guesses were Middle Eastern in origin. I remember thinking - no, not the Palestinians. This was an organized crime, and likely had training stations, many networks of people involved, and more. The Saudis? I didn't think a country such as Saudi Arabia would be involved in this level of terrorism against their oil clients. Osama Bin Laden's network wasn't on the average American's radar at that time or at least he wasn't on mine. I remember wondering who would do this? I honestly thought it might be domestic terrorism from a White Supremacist group. And I remember thinking, who ordered the people to stay in their offices of building #2, stating it was safe, when it wasn't? Who the hell did that? Little did I know, I was pregnant with Alia when this happened. I was likely only a couple weeks or so at that time. I am sure had I known, I might have had even more heightened responses to the tragedy. As it stands, I believe I was shocked at the whole thing - that someone would do this, and that others would encourage people back to their offices just before the 1st building collapsed and damaged the second one. Honestly, it took several days for me to process what had happened, and to feel a deep shame at humanity and what it had become. 

5.  Would you ever consider putting your parents in an old age home?

Yes. Socialization and mental stimulation are super important in aging people. My grandma enjoyed her stay in an old age home, even got a boyfriend, and was well cared for. She loved our visits, and we all rotated doing her laundry, visiting, enrolling her in activities, and making sure she was happy. That being said, if I was going to do that, it would need to be near me, and at a well-respected facility. The key is lots of visits, interactions, and a high degree of oversight.

6.  Do you like to shower in the am or the pm?

Both. I love to shower after I workout in the am, but the pm holds some weight in that it is a nice calming way to prepare for bed after a strenuous day.