Janna Cawrse Esarey
My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Only connect.
Q. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. My mom. I'm not sure if she counts, but I think it's funny how it's only famous people we learn about "in history." What about all the real people? I've learned the most about the world and myself from my mom.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Teaching sixth graders in New Orleans with Teach For America.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. No matter how much life may stink at times, I can't imagine wanting to be anyone else. Then I'd have to deal with their problems. I mean, everyone has problems. I, at least, know and own mine. (Plus, as my mother-in-law once said in between radiation treatments for breast cancer: Life is fun!)
Q. What do you regret most?
A. Hurting other people's feelings. I know that sounds weird, but there are a few (OK, maybe several) things I've done or said in my life that were just plain mean. Those memories pain me more than any other regrets I can think of.