Director of Editorial Content, Rosemina Nazarali, is revealing her dream lunch dates and why she makes her mental health her biggest priority.
1. Knowing what you know now, what is one piece of advice you would give to a younger you?
It's doesn't matter what other people think. It's okay to be weird. Keep going.
2. If you could have lunch with anyone in the world tomorrow, who would it be and why?
I'd like to say someone like Michael Jackson or Justin Timberlake, but I know I would fangirl so hard that I would just embarrass myself and be incapable of producing actual conversation.
I'd love to have lunch with my grandfather, even if just to catch him up on everything he's missed. I would also like to have lunch with my friend Shazia, who passed away last year. I'd want her to know how loved she is, and tell her what we've all been up to since she's been gone. Then, I'd just want to act silly and have a good laugh with her.
3. What is your biggest motivation to succeed and live the life you want to live?
I think my happiness and overall mental health is one of my biggest priorities. That means that I can't compromise myself for a job/career/lifestyle that doesn't align with the type of life I want for myself, or for a life that simply makes me unhappy. I've already done that, and I hated every second of it.
I also knew at a very young age what I wanted to do with my life. Having had that bit of clarity for so long has kept my mind focused on a single goal for a very long time. Sure, I stray and have to find my way back, but I always find my way back.
4. What is your biggest fear and how have you overcome it?
I have many, many fears. But for the purpose of this, let's say my biggest fear is not succeeding and not getting the life I want for myself. I haven't quite overcome that yet.
5. What is one defining moment that has made you who you are today?
I don't think there was one defining moment. When I was young, probably 12 or 13, I realized that I didn't just enjoy writing, but that I was pretty good at it. In my mid-20s, I realized that I didn't have to live my life according to someone else's formula. In my late-20s, I lost a friend and realized that I wanted to just be a better person and I wanted to do something impactful with my life.