Name: Carrie Foley

Instagram Handle/Username: @carriiefoley

Introduce Yourself/Tell About Yourself: Hey! I’m Carrie, I’m a seventeen year old queer writer from the UK. To be honest, most of my life is taken up by sixth form work, but in the spare time I do get, my energy goes towards writing, creating and, more recently, I’ve been putting more and more time into growth (without sounding too cliche) which now that I think about it, my writing has helped with massively. It’s an outlet. It’s a way to say all the things you don’t get to say in normal everyday conversation. It’s helped me process and heal from a lot of things.

What Inspires You Every day? : Besides the obvious answer of my loved ones around me, seeing these people prosper and do beautiful things, I think my most honest answer, and I know this sounds conceited, is myself. I don’t mean that in a narcissistic way, though, I mean that seeing my own growth and seeing the things I’ve done and pulled myself out of and healed from, reflecting on how I’ve become a better person is really inspiring. Growth is so important; the ability to evolve and unlearn/relearn things is, in my opinion anyway, essential. I’m inspired by the thought of who I could one day be, and all the beautiful things she will make of her life. 

What is some words of wisdom you live by?:Definition excludes the possibility for evolution. Allow yourself the space to grow. 

What is your ultimate goal in life? : To be honest, to be content. I want to make my future self proud. I want her to be comfortable and happy and to be proud of the life she has built. I don’t really buy into the whole “dream job”, “get rich” thing because yeah, it would be great to be wealthy with a job I love, but I don’t think the human existence should be reduced to that. The human existence is one of peace and purpose and love – I guess my goal is to feel fulfilled on a spiritual level, not just material.

How have you been during the pandemic and how has it affected you? : I know it’s been really difficult for a lot of people, and understandably so, but strangely being in lockdown was really good for me? Of course I’m incredibly aware of the privilege with which I’m able to say that, but despite some heaviness, that intense kind of pause was needed and it gave me space to figure out who I am without being influenced by other people’s opinions. And I’m an introvert so luckily I wasn’t too badly affected by not being able to see people, although I did really miss my friends and finally being able to see them again felt like a huge catharsis. If I wasn’t introverted, and wasn’t already as okay with my own company as I am, it probably would have been a lot, lot worse for me, I won’t lie. 

What is a positive message you would like to give others? : Live for yourself. You are stuck with you for the rest of your life, so live for you. Be kind to everyone, but please don’t sacrifice your own wellbeing and peace or make yourself small for someone else’s comfort.

What questions would you like to ask others?:Oh, wow, that’s tricky. I guess just: what did you do for yourself today? Have you made yourself proud?

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