I have often wished I were a more certain person. That is, a person who strongly believes in principles or values. It would be ideal if said beliefs aligned perfectly with a religious or political position. If that were the case, I would be a different person.
1. Never check bags (unless transporting liquids, but try and avoid that). It is always frustrating and time consuming.
2. Feminism. The system I live in (in Canada, or Mexico) privileges men, and men and women are part of this. In spite of many gains for women, women consistently earn less than men who have the same level of education (this doesn’t get into very real differences based on the rest of one’s social location – race, class, orientation), are judged for choosing certain lines of work (more women should be engineers! why are you only a secretary! raising children at home), for how they look (too much make-up, that we should smile at a man’s command), and what they do in their leisure time.
3. I have a real life. Being a grad student is not checking out, it’s doing things a bit differently. Hard work, irregular hours and questionably appropriate remuneration is real work.
4. Reggaeton music goes against about 100% of number 2, but it still makes me very happy.
5. Bible verses memorized as a child are a comfort in times of stress. Today’s out-of-context and comforting verse is Jeremiah 29:11. “For I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”