I don’t think it would be inaccurate to say that life is a constant interview. We may not always be in expensive suits or sitting in an office, but others are continuously evaluating us for a position in their lives; as a friend, a business partner, a love interest, a mentor, a muse. When I explain my trip to people, especially those whom I’ve just met, I know that I am being judged as I speak, the pros and cons of my plans quickly separating and categorizing themselves in their minds. So when a typical interview question casually meandered its way into a conversation I was having with a stranger last night, I really shouldn’t have been surprised. You all remember those questions: What is your worst quality? How would you handle such and such situation? Or, in the case of last night: Where do you see yourself in five or ten years? The predetermined timeline of life question has always thrown me for a loop. I’ve never been the girl who has dreamt of being married by 27 with kids and a house by 30, nor have I necessarily envisioned myself as the head of a company, pulling off exhausting 60-hour work weeks for a large paycheck. I also possess an unremitting case of restlessness, so to guess where I will be physically in two years, let alone ten, is almost impossible. To me, that only leaves one option: Where do I see myself mentally in five or ten years? Suddenly, the question is easy. No matter what I’m doing, where I am or who I am with, I see myself inspired. This simple word directly and significantly influences a vast majority of my life decisions and philosophies. I believe that the purpose of life is to find what inspires you and to do everything that you can to live it, to become it. I also believe that this is not an easy journey. There are ample opportunities to become sidetracked, discouraged, or forgetful of what it felt like to begin with. A fact about wine that I love is that the more a vine struggles-the worse its growing conditions and soil, the more treacherous its terrain-the greater, more complex and interesting…the more inspired the resulting wine will be. Now imagine that, despite the possible risks and occasionally rough terrain, every person you met had decided to find and follow that which led them to a life saturated with inspiration. Just envision every single person having that spark in them, that contagious quality that has the capability of lighting the world on fire. That’s a reality I would love to be a part of.
Those around us will always ask an abundance of questions throughout the interview of life, but what I think is more important (and most often ignored) are the questions that we ask ourselves; the ones that reveal themselves in the quiet moments of reflection and contemplation, the ones that are hardest to face and to answer. Are you actively searching for that which inspires you? Are you living the life that you imagined for yourself? Where do you see yourself in five to ten years? As you go through the process of answering your own set of questions in life, do everything you can to keep growing, especially when it seems that all odds are against you. After all, the world could use a few more bottles of remarkable wine.