English Section launches a new project «Weekend Interview» during this semester. The Professors and the teachers as well as the students of the Faculty of Journalism will be invited to our impromptu online studio to share their opinions on different issues.
Optimistic and relaxed
Polina: Good morning Anna! What a nice day! How are you doing this weekend?
Anna: Good morning, Polina! I’m very grateful for having been invited for the interview! I’m quite well, thanks. It could be better, but still, I’m optimistic and relaxed. What about you?
Polina: Fine, thank you. Thank you for sharing your positive vibes. And here’s my first question. Do you think an optimistic person is always happy?
Anna: Certainly not. I think, no one can be always happy. And being optimistic doesn’t mean being happy. An optimistic person would try to find something good in this or that situation and cheer everyone up even though being herself or himself in trouble at that moment.
Pyramid of happiness
Polina: An interesting opinion, I see what you mean. Speaking of your pyramid of happiness, what does it include?
Anna: Well, it includes quite a lot of aspects that are all very important for me. I need to be with my family and my beloved and know that they are healthy and wealthy. I also need to communicate a lot to be happy, therefore I have many acquaintances and some close friends who are always there for me.
As I’m an artistic person, inspiration plays a significant part in my life.
Being free and useful is important for me too. And of course, diversity of activities and emotions is the thing that makes life bright and interesting and fills it with happiness.
Polina: What do you think the most important element in this pyramid is? What couldn’t you do without?
Anna: Oh, it’s quite hard to define. All of them are very meaningful for me and all together make me happy. But I guess, my family and my beloved are those whom I couldn’t live without. The absence of other aspects, such as freedom or inspiration, can make me feel sad, miserable and awful, but I’d manage to cope with it with the help of my nearest and dearest. But without them I’d be close to death…
Freedom requires responsibility
Polina: Well, you have mentioned freedom. What does it mean for you to be free?
Anna: For me freedom is a very wide definition, it includes first of all freedom of choice and opinion. I mean, the situation when a person is able to make any choice and carry it out. I feel very dissatisfied when I’m made to do or not to do something. And of course I understand that freedom requires responsibility.
Polina: Life is a balancing act, there are happy and worrying days in people’s lives. In your opinion can a person be absolutely happy and free?
Anna: I believe a person can be absolutely happy in some cases. But as any other ideal, it’s really difficult to reach. However, to my mind, it’s not necessary to be absolutely happy. As for freedom, again, people always have to be responsible.
Polina: What do you feel when you believe that you are happy?
Anna: Oh, it’s an incredible feeling! My heart starts beating faster, my eyes are shining and I can’t stop smiling. It feels like everything inside goes up and you are almost flying!
Polina: Is there anything else you would like to share with your audience?
Anna: You know, if you can’t change the things, you don’t have the reason to worry, and if you can change them, you don’t have time to worry! Be optimistic!
Polina: Thank you, Anna! In conclusion could you please formulate your life motto.
Anna: Take risk, be optimistic and active, treat others with a sincere interest and fairness, learn and create!
Polina Nedvetskaya, a 1st year student
Anastasia Martinovich, editor