Social Media Handle/Username: @clourryy
Introduce Yourself/Tell About Yourself: Hello! I am Ais (pronounced ash), I am 18 years old from Ireland! I am an only child and am currently in my last year of secondary school, hoping to go to film school next year. I don’t play any sports but I love walking. I listen to a lot of music and watch a lot of TV, and spend as much time with the ones that I love that I can.
What Inspires You Every day? : I find staying inspired quite difficult, but I use people who are in the positions I want to be in as my inspiration, as well as the many incredible and brave people around me who I am fortunate enough to have in my life. I try to find inspiration wherever I can, as to be inspired is to be motivated, to be inspired is to be living life to the full.
What is some words of wisdom you live by?: I have a lot of words from people I look up to thay I live by, but something that keeps me most grounded is “if you’re having a bad day, try and make someone else’s better”- Louis Tomlinson. I find nothing more fulfilling than knowing you have improved someone’s day. Also, quite simply, “be nice to nice”- Harry Styles, as it says on the tin. Finally, “It’s not a bad life, it’s just a bad day” which helps me keep positive.
What is your ultimate goal in life? : Thinking of the future is scary, in fact it’s one of the things I avoid thinking about as much as possible. However, in the long term, my goal is to be happy. My goal is to make the most of my life and learn to take every opportunity I can. Not to let fear or anxiety dictate my actions and opportunities for joy. My goal is to love myself, and love my life, by whatever means. To be surrounded by people I love and who love me. I think most importantly, my goal is to learn to live day by day, minute by minute, taking in and making what I can from the world around me. Because we don’t know what is coming, and I think this past year more than any has taught us that. I hope to be able to look back at my life with a smile on my face and love in my heart.
How have you been during the pandemic and how has it affected you? : I missed virtually my entire year of being 17 due to the pandemic, and also ended up doing online school, not seeing any of my friends at one point for 3 months straight. While that now seems almost the norm, that hit me hard at the time and impacted my mental health significantly. I have struggled with mental health issues for most of my life and these drastically declined over lockdown. I fell to new lows mentally and at times felt I would not make it out with any sanity left. However, my friends and family and I became a vital support group for each other and helped get each other through the endless process. It has changed my perspective on life and overall my view on whats important to me, for the better. I think i, along with the vast majority, will come out of this a much stronger person.
What is a message you would like to give others? : My message to others would just be, it gets better. It really does. As hard as it may seem, you are important, you are loved, and you deserve to give yourself the opportunity to experience so much in life. Take care of each other, but take care of yourself, because you are the only person you will have forever. Do what makes YOU happy, no matter what anyone says. At the end of the day we’re all just sitting on a floating rock, here to entertain the universe. You might as well give it something to remember.
What else would you like to tell others about you or your life?: I guess all I’d like to say is, you only have this one chance at life. I have struggled for years to accept things about myself and to let myself actually do what I want to do rather than what I feel I should do. And I will struggle again, im still a wee child but I’m okay with that, I’m trying to learn to embrace it. You don’t owe anyone your identity, you dont ever have to do something just to please other people. Also your feelings and problems are always valid no matter what. Hopefully I’ll be looking back at this interview in a few years as the first of many as I begin my film career. This is me claiming that future now. Claim your own destiny and all that! Now to send you on your way, no matter how life goes, stay strong, stay positive, and stay Golden