(Intern’s note: This is the third interview in our ‘Possibilities’ series here on the thinkpeace blog. We believe it is just as important to share our own stories as it is to hear about other powerful women who are living into their own greatness. They show us that no matter our age, financial situation, location, abilities, or stage of life, you can create possibility for your life. In my life, ceramics teachers have been the people who most encourage me to change or put a spark in me to live bigger. My current ceramics teacher, Akemi, has done exactly that. I’ve made work this semester that I could never have dreamed possible. And on a side note, I have to say that Akemi has the coolest sense of style of almost anyone I’ve ever met!)
Meet PowerGirl Akemi Maegawa
Nickname in Middle School or High School?
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
What do you want to be now/what are you doing?
I do what I like to do now.
Flavor of Ice Cream that most describes you (not your favorite… the one that describes you)
How would you describe yourself in one word?
If you could flashback to your high school self would you tell her anything? If so, what?
Keep on going. You are doing great.
What do you love most about yourself?
That I have empathy.
Which one person has changed the course of your life? And why?
My husband. He saved me from my worst physical and psychological condition from my previous life and walked with me all the way to find myself again.
How do you motivate yourself?
I listen to my body and mind; eat well and sleep well.
How do you live into your full potential? How do you go after what you still want to be?
I try to fully appreciate what I have now and show my appreciation to the people around me. I do believe in the synergy effect and I believe an immeasurable happiness can be achieved only by sharing with others, not by keeping things or ability for myself. I want to find out how happy and excited we can be as human beings.
What do you think is the biggest issue facing girls in the world? How can we change the course of this?
The world is so big and girls live differently in different countries and different cultures. In some countries girls do not have basic human rights and they are treated like slaves or family commodities. That has to be stopped. Education is the only way to change this.
What’s next in your life for you? What is the next big action in your life? Change? A plan or goal that’s big?
I do not have any big plan or goal. I live one day at a time and try to do right things every day. One step is a small step but I think everything starts from the one step. When I have a chance to do something positive, I try to take an action instead of just thinking or talking. Moving one step further everyday towards the direction I want to go with all my friends and families will eventually lead to a big happy society and the world. To die in a better society is my goal.