Nire Nah

by The Bathtub Project

 

Date of Interview: April 23, 2017

Name: Nire Nah

Age: 31

Pronouns: She/Her

 

How often do you bath or shower?

One shower per day is what I want for my body, I mean that’s what I aim for. I take baths when it feels like I need extreme self-care, so pretty infrequently.

If you were an underwater sea creature, which one would you be?

Definitely a whale of some sort. They’re so large! And they are…good singers [laughter].

What are you passionate about?

I’m pretty passionate about songwriting. I am passionate about pursuing world peace, even though that seems like a futile endeavor. I’m passionate about constant self-improvement, in terms of just being a good person.

How do these passions manifest daily?

Well, I apologize a lot! I realize that’s not the most productive thing. I meditate often. I don’t know. I’m finding myself more present these days, very much experiencing the present moment and trying not to get too lost in a story about the past or the future. I try to really listen to people when they talk. I try to conserve my energy and use it for good.

What is something you still struggle with?

I definitely still struggle with a lot of self-doubt. I still do a lot of over analyzing. I think sometimes wanting to be a good person leads to a lot of critical thoughts about myself that are not always constructive. I struggle to feel like what I’ve done is enough.

What is something you feel very accomplished with?

Oh, what a great follow-up question. I’m excited about my album, which is coming out on April 28th. That feels like a huge creative accomplishment, very official, very validating. But it’s also– I feel good about who I am right now. I feel like when I’m working with my collaborators on this album I’m being a good collaborator, which I don’t think would’ve been possible in the past. So I’m fully proud of the whole experience.

How long have you been working on the album?

A lot of the songs are multiple years old at this point, but the recording process started maybe in November, around then. And we’ve been rehearsing for the show for the last two months, right? Yeah. Yeah.

What are your thoughts on relationships? Platonic, sexual, familial, and otherwise?

They’re all very important. I’m a huge advocate of intimacy at all times – whether it’s a friend, a family member, or a person that I’m just meeting. If it feels safe, I want to be intimate with them in terms of my energy, and what I’m talking about, and how I’m speaking. I try to be the same person with everyone. I just try to be exactly myself and be honest. I’m very intuitive about relationships, so there are times when it feels like, “This is not a good match. We may both really like each other and respect each other, but I don’t think that we are going to make each other’s worlds any better by being in them.” So, I don’t know, I sort of lovingly let those people drift away.

Is making each other’s lives better important to you with relationships?

Better? Yeah, but not in a really– not in the way that you’re like, “Oh, I’m looking at your life and I feel like you need a lot of help so I’m going to come in here and rearrange your life.” I actually hate that. I think that the best relationships for me are the ones where– the way that you’re making each other’s lives better is by accepting each other. And, if there’s a change that needs to be made, it’s because you’re concerned about the person. And you’re not going to force it, you’re just going to point out, “Hey, this thing worries me or this thing– this thing might be the reason that you’re finding it hard to keep friendships or whatever.” But yeah, mostly I think it’s all about being able to enjoy moments and laugh a lot and learn things from each other, that’s important.

What is the story of the horse that’s on the side of the tub?

I have yet to discover what the true story is but I know that it has many, many friends and I think they might come from a different planet. We’ll find out in the next three years hopefully.

 

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