Kate Williams is a student at Bard College doing a joint major in Dance and Human Rights with a concentration in Gender & Sexuality Studies. We met up with Kate to talk about everything from her favorite feel-good songs to how she practices happiness.
How do you get into the zone?
The way I get into “my zone” is probably by putting on my current favorite music, stretching and pushing myself to move. Oh…also by consuming lots and lots of caffeine.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
The best piece of advice I’ve probably ever received was from my good friend Matthew. I told him I was feeling insecure about certain aspects of my identity and how others perceive me. He told me that you don’t need the opinions of others validate who you are. This can sometimes be difficult to remember, especially when we are surrounded by social media and are constantly saturated with so much content. So whenever I’m feeling anxious or insecure, I remind myself of what Matthew is always reminding me.
How do you unwind?
I don’t know why, but I really love to re-read books that I’ve read in middle or high school, or even to watch television from that time in my life—this helps me to unwind. There’s something calming about this practice because it reminds me of how I felt when I first read them…it’s calming to know the outcome of a plot-line.
When life gives you lemons you…
Stop binge-watching tv and remind yourself that you can literally do anything that you want to do. You can’t depend on others to get everything done for you, you have to manifest it for yourself.
What does happiness mean to you? How do you find your happiness?
I think about this a lot. I don’t actually believe in a permanent state of happiness. Temporary happiness does exist and I have experienced being happy, but that happiness doesn’t always last. For me, being happy means being raw. I find my happy when I complete a project and it turns out exactly how I want it to. That feeling I get once I’ve moved on from a really stressful period in my life, a sensation similar to that of finally get rid of a headache or clearing up your stuffy nose. Finding my “happy” is when I feel any release of pressure, whether it be internal or external.