Are you happy at the moment?
Yes, very much so!
If you could go back and say anything to your 16-year-old self now – what would it be?
It’s ok to be who you are. Love yourself for who you are. Don’t be afraid. Speak up. Those who matter won’t mind, and those who mind, don’t matter.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?
The most important thing that I have learned is that I am a good person and I’m not going to let anyone else tell me differently.
What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?
I would love to finish writing my book.
What’s your secret to happiness?
I’m happy by being true to myself. If I’m not being true to myself, others can see it.
What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?
Listening to music.
What’s your biggest regret?
Not spending enough time with my grandmother who died of breast cancer in 1999.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?
I don’t have kids.
What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?
I would like to stop trying to please others at the expense of my own happiness.
Aside from motherhood and marriage what are you most proud of in your life?
I’m not a mother LOL. I live in Texas and I’m gay, so I can’t get married.
When were you happiest?
I am the happiest when I am spending time with my family, my friends, my partner and my dog Saffie.
What ten words best describe you?
Outgoing, loving, different, reliable, compassionate, smart, brave, confident, loyal, humble.
Christopher Parish is a anti bullying advocate who lives in Euless, TX with his partner and his dog.
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