09.18.13 Truth & Wisdom
A Conversation with Katherine Schwarzenegger and Her Family
BY Katherine Schwarzenegger
When asked to do a Q&A with someone who inspires me for this website, I thought of the people in my life who inspire me daily to be the best person I can be — people who have similar values to me, who challenge me, who make me want to achieve my dreams, and who push me to the be the best person I can be, no matter how irritating that can sometimes be.
I thought of a few people who could be a good match, but most of them have already been interviewed and you have already heard from them. I wanted to think of someone not many people have heard from, but would also still fall under the category of inspirational.
Anyone who visits my website or knows anything about me knows that family is the most important thing in my life and I take pride in each of my relationships with my family members. I am always learning from my family; I look up to my parents, my uncles, aunts, and cousins, and try to learn everything I can from them, and even as the oldest in my family, I appreciate how much I learn from my three younger siblings.
Thinking all of this over led me to the conclusion that the people that I would interview for this section would be the three people I interact with on a daily basis, have grown up with, learn from, and who irritate me and make me laugh almost every day—my siblings, Christina, Patrick and Christopher.
I had so much fun interviewing my brothers and sister, and the truth is, by asking my siblings these simple questions, I ended up learning a lot of fun facts about them, which, in the end definitely brought us closer together.
I really encourage you to ask your own family members these questions and report back the responses they give you or something cool and interesting that you learned about them in the process.
1. What scares you?
Christina: Ghosts, thinking about the way I will die and the ocean.
Christopher: Getting hurt and not being able to do the things I love. And quicksand.
2. What inspires you?
Patrick: Watching people succeed and watching people using their powers and influence for good.
Christopher: Fun. To always have fun, the more I have fun the more I am inspired. When I am doing something for someone or for a certain reason that also inspires me.
Christina: My grandparents and parents inspire me the most. They inspire me to lead a happy and fulfilling life and to have a good character and strong work ethic. Art also inspires me to create and allows for my mind to explore and dream.
3. What is your favorite thing about yourself?
Christopher: My favorite thing about myself is the fact that I am able to laugh at myself and not feel self-conscious. I am also happy being with myself, meaning I don’t need other people around me to make me happy.
Christina: My ability to laugh at myself and at life in general. I am also a very deep person, which is a quality I have grown to appreciate about myself.
Patrick: I love my determination and my drive to make a name for my self.
4. What’s one quality in your brother or sisters that you wish you had?
Christina: I admire my sister’s social skills when placed in unfamiliar settings, my brother, Patrick’s, business skills and my youngest brother, Christopher’s, confidence.
Patrick: Probably Christopher’s patience, I could use some more patience.
Christopher: I guess I wish I had your (Katherine’s) ability to not procrastinate.
5. What is the most important thing to you in life?
Patrick: The most important thing in life to me is my family. Family comes before everything.
Christopher: The most important thing to me in my life is my family and my friends, and making sure I enjoy every day.
Christina: Aside from my family, I would say that spirituality and faith are incredibly important to me
6. Who do you admire most and why?
Christopher: I really admire anyone who likes what they do and has fun doing it. I also admire anyone who doesn’t like what they do and is able to still do it because it helps other people.
Christina: Beside my parents, my grandmother Eunice because of her strength, courage, determination, and her will to fight for what she believed in.
Patrick: I admire my parents most in life. They do everything to their ability to make sure my siblings and I have the best life’s we could possibly have and they do everything to make sure that our family is happy as a whole.
7. What is one word you would use to describe each member of the family?
Daddy: Strong willed
Patrick: Goal oriented
Have questions you’d like to ask Katherine? Leave them in the comments below.