Interview with Genera Fields, Author of Scars
Almost always, the words that flow from my mouth, pen (yes those still exist!), and keyboard are reflecting back towards a wider understanding of who we are and why we're here. I do not believe it's the typical A + B = C ; School, Work, Death, lifestyle we idolize in our country. I believe life is about our consciousness. I believe life is about our experience, and how we grow with what we've learned. Scars reflects this ideal. Both physical and metaphorical, our scars are a remanence of who we once were; of what formed us into who we are today. I believe wholeheartedly in the changing and adapting to what becomes our world. But to do this, we cannot hide from our past, though that is what we're taught to do.
TL; DR: I'm Genera and I wrote Scars
because F**k society"
Writing gives me this pleasant kind of blackout (flow, as it is called in psychology), and I'm never, ever going to give that up. I've been accepted into a university that I'm actually beginning to open up to. Especially because they allowed me to defer easily and still let me keep the moneys. Yes! I'll be attending school in fall 2017 or Spring 2018. We'll see.
As for "beyond", I intend on creating mental health policies for the country, and then fleeing said country (perhaps to Egypt?). I'm approaching this for SURE with a psychology minor, and (hopefully) Public Health for grad school (PH.D Maybe? I love research). Communication and business are considerations for majors but I don't have to figure that out yet. Life changes as I do. Why totally set in stone? I want puppies. I want kids. I want foster kids. I want exchange student kids. More puppies. But I'll always, always write. I don't see myself not playing clarinet, either (Thank you to Leach, Waring, Jay, JOHN MACKEY, and actually Mr. Janevic for encouraging this). But puppies. Definitely puppies."
To Ms. Creal, Mr. Stern, Ms. Sportsman, Julie (my Psychologist), and Dr. Root (Psychiatrist).
To Nick, Anurima, Matthew, and Owen (my god, how I love you guys. Always. So much. You were there through every moment. God bless you). The Time Traveling Horse Riding Wizards (you know who you are), My Quintets, DMC '14 (Including Elliot, Aaron, Kevin, Joey, and Anna), Grace Bible Church, Gage, Athena, Hugo, Che, Zahra, Patricia, and Carolyn...I could go on forever. The list isn't half done.
Thank you doesn't work. I don't know if anything ever can. But all of you saved my life. Literally. And I am so, so glad. So blessed. So overwhelmed.
Scars is for you. That is to say, you will rise from every moment that you think will leave you drowning.
I know this, because you did it for me.
To learn more about Genera, Scars, and her writing, join us at the release of The First Edition of Pufferfish Magazine, in which she is featured, Saturday, April 30th at 310 E. Washington St. (see Facebook event for more details)