In each of our issues, One Last Thing is where we ask just a couple of burning questions to our contributors or interview subjects.
Emily Helck is the author behind ruralie.com, a behind the scenes look at her life in the Catskills.
DIW: What’s the most embarrassing song on your Spotify playlist?
Emily: The most embarrassing thing about my Spotify actually isn't any one song, it's how often I listen to things over an over (and over). I regularly listen to the same song on repeat 10+ times. I did this even in the days before mp3s, when it was easy to play the same some over and over again - in high school, I once spent two hours listening to Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want, manually skipping the two minute song back to the beginning on the CD player (while simultaneously walking 5 miles to school in the snow, up hill both ways.)
DIW: What lesson do you wish you had learned earlier?
Emily: That real change doesn't happen in a flash of epiphany. I have to realize things over and over, and think on them, and work hard to make changes in my life. I think this is true personally, and in the world.
DIW: Who do you find inspiring?
Emily: People who are kind.
DIW: What do you think is your weirdest quirk?
Emily: I still hold on to the culinary tastes I had when I was ten years old. Spaghettios, Bagel Bites, Gushers...
DIW: What can you never compromise on?
Emily: Good chocolate.
DIW: Since our theme is self discovery this month, what is something you were surprised to recognize about yourself?
Emily: How willing I am to share private things with strangers in writing that I don't share out loud with people I know.