by The Bathtub Project
Name: Cameron L
How often do you bathe or shower?
Like, daily. Hopefully. And then, sometimes it’s like… a sacrifice. I’m like, “do I turn my homework in on time or do I give my kid a shower, or do I shower?” Daily mostly ::laughs::.
If you were an underwater creature, what would you be?
Mmmm. I think that I would be a mermaid. I would like to get the best of both worlds. Plus, I’d be so pretty and shiny and have super amazing hair. I’d get to breathe underwater. How could you not want that?
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about a lot of things, so many things. But, the happiness of others… which can be trouble sometimes too… I’m passionate about educating others. Especially children, educating them and making children happy. Is my number one passion. I like to teach. Whether it’s language or art, those are two specific teachings I’m passionate about. I love to teach kids a second language, or how to paint and color and draw. It’s really fun. For me to be a part of a child’s mind expanding into a whole new world, with things that they didn’t know and things that they get excited about learning… I love to be a part of that and doing things that I like to do at the same time. It’s good for every body.
Do you speak a second language?
I’m conversational in Spanish. I do a little bit of American Sign Language. I use more English sign language, it’s more the way we speak English instead of the actual way you’re supposed to do American Sign Language because it is a whole different language. ASL is kinda the same as Spanish, where the order of words is different. It’s not how we speak at all. And the way that it’s written, is totally different than how the English language is written. It’s not word for word.
How did you learn Spanish?
When I was younger, my mom thought it was very important for me to learn. She would teach me certain words, then I would sit down with her books from school and she would teach me. Luckily, I’ve always used it, so by the time I went to middle school I took Spanish and was able to get credits going into high school. I was at a higher level, and it was beneficial. Now I teach my kid!
What is something you feel accomplished with?
Even though I’m not finished with college, every time I complete one of the assignments and get my final grade… that’s a huge accomplishment for me. Every class is a huge accomplishment. Every time I wake up for work on time, it’s a huge accomplishment, honestly. It’s because I’m starting to appreciate the small things more. I have a lot on my own now, that I never saw myself getting. Having my own apartment, by MYSELF… Like, I did this by myself and my kid, and he has his own room and all of his own stuff… like, I did that. That’s a huge accomplishment that I’m very grateful for.
What is something you still struggle with?
Putting my own needs and self love first, before others. Not speaking up for myself in fear of being selfish… so doing things because of others. It’s a huge struggle and a work in progress. For sure.
What are your thoughts on relationships? Platonic, sexual, familial and otherwise.
I just love, love ::laughter::. I do… I think that relationships should not be limited. As long as they’re healthy and not because of feeling the need to fit into a mold. Like, because of the media or a book or whatever… Just as long as the people, regardless of if they’re monogamous or not, are truly happy, that’s where they should be. I mean, I myself, am not a monogamous person. I’m not against it for others and it’s not for me. Polyamory is one of the most amazing things I have accepted. I’m glad that I have accepted it for myself regardless of the opinions of others. My first poly relationship… was in middle school. It wasn’t intentional, like, I didn’t know what it was. it was just kind of like… “Oh, this is my girlfriend and she’s really into this guy and for some reason I’m okay with that”. Soooo, it was kinda like… we were best friends and we could talk about whatever, how she felt about her boyfriend without me being jealous. Being really open about those things. I’ve been that way since, and to not be that way feels weird. When I’ve tried monogamous relationships, I’ve kinda veered out a little bit… Yeah, it’s fine for a little bit and after awhile, I feel myself wanting to go in other directions. I feel I have enough to go around, so why not?