The story goes that a 3rd grader named Linh sat with a 2nd grader (me) and a 1st grader (my friend) on the bus. Years later we recount the story of how cool we thought we were having someone older grace us with their presence, but in Linh’s version she just didn’t have any friends to sit with. That’s Linh though, she never dwells in any negativity, she makes herself busy with something else and moves on. Not only that, but she rarely let’s me wallow in my self-negativity either. After a particularly hard break-up, she (super-woman-like) busted in to my parents home and peeled me off my place in front of the TV. Then she set up an obstacle course complete with egg balancing and twirling around a baseball bat. By the end of the day we couldn’t stop laughing. Linh’s friendship has always been the main conqueror of my self-pity, so I thought for sure I’d need to interview her.
EF (Me): How do you keep an optimistic attitude?
LT (Linh Tran): I always ask myself, how important is this right now and try to see things in a larger perspective rather than just my own.
EF: What activity makes you most happy?
LT: Being involved, staying busy.
EF: When you’re feeling down, how do you cheer yourself up?
LT: Me time. Regrouping and re-focusing on what is important like family, work, friends, my faith.
EF: Is there something that you thought would make you happy but it didn’t?
LT: Being away from the people I love.
EF: I agree with you there. How about something you thought would make you upset but actually put you in a better mood?
EF: How do you cheer your friends up when they’re upset?
LT: Sarcasm works wonders.
EF: What was the happiest moment of your life?
LT: Every time someone tells me they love me and I know they meant it.
EF: What are your observations on what makes other people happy or unhappy?
LT: People choose to make themselves happy or unhappy, it takes a conscious effort to tell yourself you are happy or not.
EF: What’s something you do regularly that get’s in the way of your happiness?
LT: Not saying how I feel when it matters the most.
EF: If you were going to the electric chair, what would be your final meal?
LT:Spaghetti with meat sauce.
EF: What would you have even done to receive such a punishment? I feel like I’m getting too dark for an interview on positivity.
LT: Covering for someone who committed a crime and I believed they had a purpose here and was truly a good person.
EF:What would you tell the 12-year-old you?
LT:You will be challenged, things will be tough, but you will be successful and you will be happy in your own shoes.
EF: Who do you admire most in the area of music?
EF: In the area of sports?
LT: Joe Mauer.
EF: What’s your dream job?
LT: To be it all; a career woman, a wife, a mom, but to be good at all three.
EF: That sounds exactly like an interview I just read with Beyonce… If you could give someone advice, what would it be?
LT: You can do whatever you set your heart to, and I believe in you.