Hey, I’m Zac! I’m 18 and I’ve just finished my A Levels in England, which are the final exams you do before you head off to university. I’ve decided to take a gap year before I go though, as I think the current situation regarding Coronavirus puts your first year in jeopardy. When I do go to university, I will be studying History and Philosophy, hopefully with a year abroad in my third year.

What inspires you everyday in life?

I’m very much a ‘get up and go’ type of person. I think that opportunities and new experiences are constantly out there, waiting to be taken hold of, so I think there’s a lot of drive and determination to make my life the best it can possibly be. I’m also really lucky to have a very loving and supportive family, which makes for a very happy and positive home environment; I think this has contributed massively towards what I’ve been able to achieve, my outlook on life and my mental health. A lot of my friends describe me as constantly happy, but I’d just say that I have a very positive persona and mindset!

What is some words of wisdom you live by?

Good question! ‘Carpe Diem’ springs to mind. As I mentioned before, it’s all about that positive and determined mindset which I think helps you get the very best out of life. There was an American artist called Elijah Pierce who was active in the 1960s and 1970s who said that “your life is a book and every day is a page- you’re writing your fate as you go along”. Life is what you make of it, so we need to make sure that book has plenty of interesting pages!

What is your ultimate goal in life?

I seem to change my mind on what career I want every day so I don’t think I’ll say anything about careers. I desperately want to be a parent when I’m older, so I think I would feel that I’d reached contentment if/when I have a child and see it grow up to be its own individual with desires, beliefs and interests of its own. I don’t tend to think too far into the future though in terms of what I want to achieve 10,20,30 years down the line, because I think you lose the moment you’re living in now if you’re constantly thinking about the present.

How do you feel about the people in our world today?

I mean, there’s almost 8 billion of them so I think that any statement that I make will be very sweeping and very generalised! I just think that it’s very interesting how broadened our interests, beliefs and notions, that we hold dear to us each individually, have become. In Neanderthal times, for instance, it’s very easy to say that we simply hunted for food and for the large part, we were very primal and savage. But you could say that ‘Party Politics’ in a very simple and narrow form, existed then too, due to the fact that different bands of Neanderthals used to fight over land, food and perhaps most importantly, power over the land that they thought was theirs. Does that not provide the framework for what politics is today in the 21st century? Of course, there are now added complications with the complexity of what modern politics has become, but it’s really interesting to see that humans have carried on these ideas throughout our early stages to the present.

Last question how do you feel about life and what changes did you make to be where you are now?

As I said before, that optimistic mindset is absolutely crucial in terms of how you think about and view life. Only you can change your life, how you act and see the world, but it’s also important to understand that for the large majority of the time, these changes are very gradual. It’s almost impossible to wake up one morning and instantly change everything about you (although your mindset is something that you can change almost instantly!). Keep plugging away at the things that you like, your interests and what makes you tick and you’ll see real improvement. Taking an active role in your learning, especially in an environment like school, is so important. Consciously showing that you care, in any walk of life, can really be a positive change that will improve your perspective on life, as well as the outlook of others.

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