Date of Interview: August 3, 2016
Name: Adrienne Peters
Location: Washington, DC
Do you feel like you are your age?
I do and don’t… You know how you go a month, and at the end of it you think “Ughh, I did nothing”? And you look back and think that the month just flew by… then you think about specific events and think “OH! I have done a dozen different interesting things, but it doesn’t feel like I’ve lived that time”. That’s how I feel about being 24. When I think of my life as a whole it’s easy to think that I haven’t done anything. But I feel a little bit older at the same time. I think it really wigs me out, seeing people much younger than myself acting in ways I wish I had. Younger people that I’ve met recently who have interesting and engaged ways of interacting with other people.
Do you think someone’s age can impact your relationship to them?
Not generally. I think ways of thinking matter. You can have friendships with people at any age, but for me to relate on a deeper level it’s easier to have people who are at MY stage of life, understanding the problems and the joys that I go through. We can relate to many things, but it’s harder if they’re having a kid, or worried about retirement or passing high school.
What matters to you in relationships?
That they’re dependable. Not because they would show up for doctors appointments on time or that you could depend on them to get the milk, but because you could trust that their emotions would be the same day to day. You never have to walk around on eggshells around them. That you KNOW that they don’t have mercurial mood swings. That you can depend on them… That you can depend on you KNOWING them. They won’t change suddenly without notice. This is very important to me, absolutely important to me. I feel like romantic relationships are a special social contract where you have to respect and trust the other person. You can trust and respect a person but if they have mercurial mood swings, or you change on a whim, it’s harder.
What are you passionate about?
My personal relationships with people. I remember a long time ago, I had this goal of being happy and that was my life pursuit. And of course, sometimes that’s unrealistic. I think a more valuable goal is to put time and energy into people I care about and making sure to be around. I’m also passionate about art. Not just making, but looking and learning about it. I wish I had more passions for things ::laughs::.
What are you most afraid of for yourself?
I’m generally an anxious person when it comes to self reflection. So I’m afraid of a lot of things. I’m afraid of being narcissistic, I’m afraid of not using my time and energy on people I care about. I’m afraid of being stagnant.
What are you afraid of for the world?
Overpopulation. I am deeply afraid of overpopulation, like any person should be. I’m afraid of the rampant anti-intellectualism that has gripped this country, obviously. Also afraid of the education systems not being as powerful as it should. Of unions degrading.
What do you feel is one of your biggest accomplishments?
I don’t know how accomplished I was with doing this, but I’m very proud of my undergrad senior thesis. I’m very proud of that. As an art history major I wrote my thesis on an artist, Lenore Thomas Strauss, who was a self taught stone sculpture artist in the 1930s. And she was nearly unstudied. I did a lot of first-hand research and I felt… euphoric while working on it. And when it was done I felt very satisfied with my work.