· By Maria Nilsson
FRIDAY TUNES DAINI
Describe the pivotal moment you realised that some things just aren’t necessary in support of your development as a person?
Probably after I came home from a really distressing/transformational/
What is your morning routine like?
I’m such a softy in the morning, coffee in bed, writing, re-calibrating my sleepy mind in order to tackle the day, music, more coffee. Now I live in a city, and I don’t drive to the surf anymore, it’s odd, but I move my body in different ways in the morning now. I love walking, and I love jazz in the morning. So, let’s say that, coffee/walking/jazz.
What comes to mind when daydreaming about how to make the world a better place?
Educating myself about the issues that I want to be able to understand, in a variety of ways, removed from bias and one-sidedness. At times, I feel largely responsible for helping the ones around me to stay informed about the things they may not be able to access in a light-hearted way, information is so intimidating out there and all it takes is one pesky exposure to some generic platform and boom, you have yourself someone who wants to avoid media/information on all fronts. So, for me, it is allowing the ones I care about around me to take responsibility to squeeze all angles and opinions out of what they care about and fine down their own opinions.
Describe your healthy staple meal to us?
Cheese and crackers.
Tell us your favourite surf memory? Or surf fantasy?
My first ever really long wave at Scorpion Bay in Baja which ignited this infuriatingly romantic relationship with surfing, and one day pretty soon I think I’m going to get all my best friends and go back there. Yeah it will happen!
What are your strengths you are most proud of?
Hm, my resilience to bounce back from a major or minor setback and my ability to flip my perspective to promote a more mindful and positive mindset. I am also proud of the way that I can often leap into experiences with very little thought to scare me away from them.
What are your pet peeves, like people leaving food scraps in the sink hole after washing up, or maybe it’s seeing people wear odd socks?
People littering, rudeness and unawareness for the humans around you, stinky breath and arm-pits, ignorance’s and egos.
Is there anything you’re afraid of right now?
Absolutely, I’m riddled by fear of not achieving the things I want to and succeeding in chasing my passions because of being too confused and not focussed one thing, focussing on too many things has always left me feeling astray. I’m also quite aware that the things I am afraid of are the things that fuel me to take steps towards achieving these goals. Sheesh.
How do you measure personal strength?
Independently, removed from comparison, understanding that everyone’s strength is valid to its own accord and is always exceptional. I measure personal strength in other people by the way that hold themselves and make space for other people, if they do that, then I love them.
Are you more an introvert or extrovert, or bane the existence of these attributes and try to channel both, selectively?
I’m inherently both to a tee, although it takes me sometime before I am completely comfortable with another one person. I can definitely use my comfortability and confidence as a coping mechanism in new situations, because it is my armour, but really, I’m extremely sensitive too. Once full comfort is in force, then I’m all sorts of everything.
Written by Molly ONeill