RnR Interview: Swarsatie Dian Ramrup

It’s funny how life can be, people come into your lives and then you lose touch and the simplest thing brings all the memories flooding back. Swarsatie and I used to attend Cedarcrest Elementary School together, but we also lived around the corner from one another. I’m not sure what event got us talking, but I kind of took her under my wing when it came to catching the bus together and walking to school. Social media brought us back into each other’s lives, even from a distance, but I have always had an affinity for her funny and honest posts online. Read her interview. 🙂

Light Conversation

Q: What is the tone/sound of your alarm clock?
A: It’s this tone called ‘Wake Up’

Q: Morning person or night owl?
Definitely not a morning person but at that age where I’m too old to stay up. haha…so an afternoon napper, does that count?

Q: What’s your fave quote?
A: ‘What’s yours is mine and what’s mine is mine’ directed towards my husband since the first day we met.

Q: Sandals or Sneakers?
A: Running shoe I guess you call them sneakers.

Q: Your word for the year
A: Ouch

Q: What’s the last picture you took?
A: A picture of a Thanksgiving dinner I made for my husband and myself

Q: What book would you recommend?
A: The Alchemist

Q: Countryside or beach?
A: Oh that’s a hard one, currently I would take either or

Q: One fun fact about you.
A: Cancer survivor

Q: Electronic or paper calendar?
A: Electronic, I keep losing paper ones

Q: Most used emoji?
A: Purple heart

Q: Fave flower.
A: Orchids, but I suck at keeping them alive

Q: Savoury or sweet?
A: Oh depends on my mood but savoury

Q: Favourite Animal?
Conure parrot

Q: Fave music artists.
A: I’m a big Celine Dion fan

Q: Fave season.
A: Summer

Q: What was your favourite book as a child?
A: Little Critter series

Q: How would you describe your fashion style?
A: Casual

Q: How would your best friend describe you?
A: Caring and funny

Q: What do you do to relax?
A: Netflix and sleep

Q: What’s your most favourite place, that you have traveled?
A: Honestly, have not traveled much except within my own Montreal city.

Q: Which element best represents you?
A: Fire

Deep Conversation

Q: How would you spend an ideal day?
A: Cooking, eating, napping and Netflix. Household chores would be in there somewhere

Q: What are you most thankful for?
A: Right now, I am going through a hard time and it is hard to find something to be grateful for. But my husband and my family for sure is on there. And the fact I can still put food in my belly.

Q: What is “home” to you?
A: Home is where I can be comfortable and feel wanted and loved.

Q: Current role model?
A: I don’t have a specific person but I draw from all the close women in my life for advice and answers.

Q: What causes you anxiety?
Life, can that be an answer? Honestly, it’s the unknown and uncertainty of the future that causes a lot of my anxiety.

Q: If you could change one event from history, what would it be?
A: Does going back in time and telling my parents about the freezing cold winters that we have here in Montreal count?

Q: If I could grant you one wish, what would it be?
A: Health at 100% that is all I want

Q: What 3 things bring you joy?
A: My sisters, my husband and great friends

Q: When was the last time you meditated/prayed?
Everyday I wake up in the morning I pray to get through the day with minimal or no pain and safely make it through the day without injury

Q: Would you say your religion is central in your life?
Not really the centre of my life but it is intertwined with my spirituality

Q: Can you recall a pivotal moment when your faith/belief helped you deal with something in your life?
A: Last year April when I had gotten some bad news in regards to my health. I turned to my fiancé at the time and told him that if he was having doubts now would be the time to go and I would not hold it against him this was 1 month before our wedding. I prayed that he wouldn’t leave and he would stay and be my rock and he did and we ended up moving up our wedding and basically having a shotgun wedding.

Q: Describe yourself in one word.
A: Complicated

Q: What do you see when you look in the mirror?
A: To be honest I really don’t like looking at myself in the mirror. I only look when I am fixing my hair, putting on makeup or trying on a new outfit in the dressing room. I use to as a teen be obsessed with the mirror but after I got sick in college I realized that there is no importance in looks.

Q: What advice would you give anyone who is struggling with embracing their uniqueness?
A: Do not be afraid to be yourself because that is what people fall in love with, your uniqueness and individuality. It’s what makes you special and trust me standing out is a lot better than blending in.

Q: Do you ever struggle with being “too” open on social media?
A: No I have never had this issue I like saying what’s on my mind, no filter. However others think I’m too unfiltered which is not my job to please them.

Q: What was the most challenging thing for you this year? Or the last few years?
A: Overcoming a lot of medical issues and not feeling like I am a broken or an incomplete person. I had to learn to ask for help and not let my pride / independence stop me.

Q: What are the 3 most important things you’ve learned this year?
A: You’re never broken even when you’re at 40% function. You should never feel incompetent because you asked for help. Trust your body and your instincts, if you feel something is not right with yourself go see a doctor.

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