I Had a Question

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  What’s the point of life? "I want to help other people. By cleaning clothes, I think I can help people, who then have more free time to enjoy their lives and their family."  

 

What’s the point of life?

"I want to help other people. By cleaning clothes, I think I can help people, who then have more free time to enjoy their lives and their family."

 

  What’s the point of life? "To be kind…. We’re tiny little creatures in a vast, chaotic universe and the only thing that seems worth anything is to be kind to one another. "I’ve gone through a few really dark periods in my life where I had to question, like, why am I really here? And I had to come up with an answer—otherwise I wouldn’t be here."  

 

What’s the point of life?

"To be kind…. We’re tiny little creatures in a vast, chaotic universe and the only thing that seems worth anything is to be kind to one another.

"I’ve gone through a few really dark periods in my life where I had to question, like, why am I really here? And I had to come up with an answer—otherwise I wouldn’t be here."

 

  "I was a total Megadeath t-shirt-wearing stoner, black fingernail polish type. People picked on me a lot. I was fat and I had these really cheap, ugly pink plastic framed glasses. Because we were poor; we could only get the welfare glasses.... So, I was not cool. I had really, really low self-esteem. And that’s how I ended up getting pregnant at 15. "I didn’t get cool until I was homeless and started traveling around and shaved my head into a mohawk and got tattoos. [Laughs] I’m pierced up, I just don’t have any jewelry anymore…”  

 

"I was a total Megadeath t-shirt-wearing stoner, black fingernail polish type. People picked on me a lot. I was fat and I had these really cheap, ugly pink plastic framed glasses. Because we were poor; we could only get the welfare glasses.... So, I was not cool. I had really, really low self-esteem. And that’s how I ended up getting pregnant at 15.

"I didn’t get cool until I was homeless and started traveling around and shaved my head into a mohawk and got tattoos. [Laughs] I’m pierced up, I just don’t have any jewelry anymore…”

 

  What’s the point of life? "Is God in this?" If you’ve got one! "Sometimes people don’t want to hear what I have to say, but I say, ‘God loves you. I love you.’ And that’s basically my motto!"  

 

What’s the point of life?

"Is God in this?"

If you’ve got one!

"Sometimes people don’t want to hear what I have to say, but I say, ‘God loves you. I love you.’ And that’s basically my motto!"

 

  What’s your biggest regret? "I think I would’ve been a much better farmer or rancher, as opposed to working corporate jobs—which I did for almost 30 years."  

 

What’s your biggest regret?
"I think I would’ve been a much better farmer or rancher, as opposed to working corporate jobs—which I did for almost 30 years."

 

  What’s the point of life? "I think some people work too hard trying to find it, like, ‘what is the ultimate goal?!’ There isn’t one!"  

 

What’s the point of life?
"I think some people work too hard trying to find it, like, ‘what is the ultimate goal?!’ There isn’t one!"

 

  What do people assume about you? "They think I'm an athlete, I'm a drug dealer, I'm a pimp, or some sort of entertainer—because I'm African-American."   

 

What do people assume about you?
"They think I'm an athlete, I'm a drug dealer, I'm a pimp, or some sort of entertainer—because I'm African-American." 

 

  What’s your job? "To sell meat and eggs.... I like to sell fresh food because it’s healthy. We have 200 chickens."  

 

What’s your job?
"To sell meat and eggs.... I like to sell fresh food because it’s healthy. We have 200 chickens."

 

  What’s your vice? “Binge watching Netflix—just getting lost in some other reality and keep staying in it.”  

 

What’s your vice?
“Binge watching Netflix—just getting lost in some other reality and keep staying in it.”

 

  What’s your name? “Chicory. I gave myself that name 50 years ago. I was a ‘junior’ so I needed a nickname and chicory was the first flower I gathered.”  

 

What’s your name?

“Chicory. I gave myself that name 50 years ago. I was a ‘junior’ so I needed a nickname and chicory was the first flower I gathered.”

 

  What’s your job? “I get paid for bar backing, which means you’re the bar’s bitch.” Would you go there if you didn’t work there? “If I was going on a date or something, maybe. Because it’s fancy.”  

 

What’s your job?

“I get paid for bar backing, which means you’re the bar’s bitch.”

Would you go there if you didn’t work there?

“If I was going on a date or something, maybe. Because it’s fancy.”

 

  What’s your favorite flower? "I love orchids. We don’t sell them… But I like them because they’re so structural, almost like sculptures."  

 

What’s your favorite flower?

"I love orchids. We don’t sell them… But I like them because they’re so structural, almost like sculptures."

 

  How would you describe yourself? "A jerk. I think there need to be more jerks in the world. Jerks are people that keep it straight forward—tell you what's right and wrong."  

 

How would you describe yourself?

"A jerk. I think there need to be more jerks in the world. Jerks are people that keep it straight forward—tell you what's right and wrong."

 

  Are there rules you live by? "I believe in karma. I consider myself a good person. Even though I’m a heroin junkie, I don’t fucking rob people and I don’t steal. I sit out here and beg for money. I try to make people smile."  

 

Are there rules you live by?

"I believe in karma. I consider myself a good person. Even though I’m a heroin junkie, I don’t fucking rob people and I don’t steal. I sit out here and beg for money. I try to make people smile."

 

 
  What do you struggle with? "The hardest thing is to be gentle with myself and to be patient with myself."  

 

What do you struggle with?

"The hardest thing is to be gentle with myself and to be patient with myself."

 

  What’s your greatest challenge right now? “Not really having a home…. I go to the jam studio and play music and I just stay there—in the music studio. I try to keep it clean.”  

 

What’s your greatest challenge right now?

“Not really having a home…. I go to the jam studio and play music and I just stay there—in the music studio. I try to keep it clean.”

 

 
  How do you make money? "Money is energy, so it’s just something you have to manifest."  

 

How do you make money?

"Money is energy, so it’s just something you have to manifest."

 

  What do you do? "I work at a text-based help line.... [I try] to move them from their moment of heat into a moment of coolness. But the overwhelming majority of people just want to be listened to."  

 

What do you do?
"I work at a text-based help line.... [I try] to move them from their moment of heat into a moment of coolness. But the overwhelming majority of people just want to be listened to."

 

  What’s the point of life? "I think the point is to have as much fun as you can and go as far as you can. Because you only have one chance to be here."  

 

What’s the point of life?

"I think the point is to have as much fun as you can and go as far as you can. Because you only have one chance to be here."