The Human Experience-Carmen


Name: Carmen King

Where are you from/where do you live now?

This seemingly innocuous question reminds me of something that happened to me recently. I was in New York buying a cellphone when I was asked to choose an area code. It caught me off guard and the sales associate who was helping me was like "Uh ma'am, your area code- like where you live". This is a difficult question for travel addicts/nomads. Anyway, after an uncomfortable pause I blurted out Nashville although I have never been there. 

What is your family like?

There are only three people in my immediate family but when we are together we act as a crowd, It's like there are 10 of us- don't bother trying to get a word in edgewise.  

How do you spend most of your days?

I just finished working all summer on a commercial fishing boat so my days have tended toward extremes. It’s a work-all-day or sleep-all-day kind of schedule.

Can you describe your favorite day?

I love podcasts so days where my favorite ones release new episodes are always the best days. 

What are you most proud of?

I recently survived a bed bug infestation while wwoofing on a vineyard in Portugal. It was so horrible (I still have scars!), but I was having so much fun, surrounded by such great company that being eaten alive every night by bugs became somehow trivial by comparison. That was the real accomplishment. 

What are your hopes and dreams for you and your family?

I want to have a bunch of kids, like 6 to 8. Which is a really great thing to tell your potential boyfriends. 

What do you spend the most time worrying about?

This one is easy. I definitely worry about not living up to my potential, not finding my calling in life and generally not making the most of my time on earth!

What would you like to say to the world?

Don’t be afraid to reach out and talk to strangers. I have met    some of my best friends on the subway in foreign countries. Say hi, start a conversation.