One of the great fringe benefits I receive from my work is the gaining of perspective. For two hours of the interview and the four or so hours I spend editing the recording, I get to see the world through someone else’s eyes.
I have interviewed famous and successful people, refugees, poor (by money standards) adventurers, scientists and beautiful parents. People from all walks of life and parts of the globe, and with almost every piece, I gain a new perspective. I get a glimpse of what it is like to watch your children grow into something unexpected, a glimpse of what it is like to leave your family and country behind in search of a better life for your children.
I have interviewed people that spent their entire lives striving for something, then upon attaining that something, realise it was not worth giving everything else up for. I have interviewed people that fell hopelessly in love and some from arranged marriages that grew into something special.
That is the thing that I love about this work. It moves people. While it is great for future generations to be able to get a glimpse into the past through this sort of first hand discovery, it is also important in the here and now.