GET TO KNOW... EMILY, LAURA, NICK & NOAH
These lovely folkes are travelling around Tasmania - I let them borrow my car in trade for an interview. Emily is a nurse, Laura is currently studying her 5th year law while Noah is on his 1st and Nick is currently on his 5th year of medicine.
What are your initial reactions to Tasmania? Emily: BEAUTIFUL! Nick: It feels like the South island of New Zealand - when we got here the sun was setting, we had an hour to chill, the rolling hillside behind us and the weather is similar to New Zealand. Alot of natural beauty. Laura: My first reaction... stop burning me!!!! (we have a hole in our ozone layer) the sun is so strong! My skin is peeling. Emily: The people here are so friendly! Laura: Generosity is big too - everyone we have met here are always making suggestions and properly listening to what you are staying! What are your favourite parts about each other? Laura: my favourite thing about Emily is that I can be my raw and honest self, I don't need to be preparing or impressing anyone - she makes me relaxed.My favourite thing about Nick is obviously the jaw line... He is also eternally forgiving. Noah is just wise beyond his years, I like old souls and he is wrinkly as fuck in the soul department. I love it. He says things that I have thought in a way that I could have never articulated. Noah: My favourite/scariest thing about Emily is that she is too compassionate at times, to the point that she is so kind that she almost forgets about herself. It's something I very rarely see in people. Nick, i've only known him for this trip but he is incredibly sound just in every aspect of life. With Nick, still waters run deep. Meaning he's not the loudest guy in the room but he is very thoughtful. And Laura.. I don't know. I feel like i'm eternally summarising Laura, every time i try to I found out more. But in essence, I think we are on the same page alot in life. Nick: Emily. Kindness is what springs to mind. Thoughtful, always giving, always looking to help someone else, looking for the best in other people. Laura, you bring out the best in me and inspire me to do things I wouldn't usually, such as this trip! Noah you are fun in a very compassionate way, most people generate fun by pushing other peoples buttons but he just lifts everyone up while making everything enjoyable. Emily: Nick you are the most stable, level-headed gorgeous guy I have met in a long time. You are very grounded and you look out for everyone before yourself. Noah look. I've only known you for three weeks but you bring out the fun side in me. You are the wisest person I have ever met - It's incredible for how old you are. You have such an insight into everything. Such clarity of mind. Laura, you are my sister and I honestly say that. And it means I can be my rawest self around her, and thats okay. It's very comforting. *You guys!!!!* aw. What makes you happy? Emily: HUGGING! Nick: Sport. Noah: Conversation. Laura: Music. That sums us all up very well. What is your biggest fear? Emily: Being alone! I just love people. Laura: My biggest fear would be saying no to things that I should have said yes too, and then regret. Nick: Mine would be becoming somebody I don't respect. Someone who embodies the values that I don't like. Noah: The big picture thing for me is that I fear self-righteous intellect without compassion. I hate that. I'm scared of people that are well-founded in life, and have some sort of social clout behave without compassion - it's a very scary quality. Another would be disappointing my mum. What does vulnerability mean to you? Emily: I think vulnerability is a really beautiful quality. It's really easy for us to be vulnerable with each other. Laura: Vulnerability is a one way street. There is no going back. Nick: It's very scary to trust someone else. Laura: I think vulnerability in its nature, is indirect conflict with the ideas that underpin success in the western culture - such as independence and being driven. All of these qualities that result in high success, are the opposite of vulnerability. It's almost like being in-vulnerable is a good thing. I would class vulnerability as one of my best qualities, i'm a walking wound. Noah: I think there is two types of vulnerability - there is our vulnerability which isn't really vulnerability. And there is systematic vulnerability. Our vulnerability is personal. When I think of vulnerability I think it is rooted in systematic structuralism, to be vulnerable is to be black. It's to be aboriginal, to be a woman. It's only ever used in an interpersonal way, but I think we are all vulnerable. To be mortal is to be vulnerable. To fear damage, to fear harm, to fear death. Laura: By strange contrast, I worship vulnerability, I love people who are vulnerable, and I try hard to be vulnerable. The reason why I think it's important because we are encouraged to behave in a way that is closed rather than open, and strong rather than vulnerable. And most of us go most of our lives trying to find other people who like us with all of our clothes off. And that is so easy to do. It's stupid. Favourite day of the week and why? Emily: SUNDAY! it's a day of rest, I love going to the markets, a big late breakfast, music, lying around naked. Nick: I'd go the same. It's the only day of the week in which I can sleep in. It's the day I feel like the best me. Noah: Wednesday. Because I was always confused as to what hump day meant. Laura: I don't think one day is better than another for me - my gut feeling however was Thursday.