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Bonnie Raitt Answers the Proust Questionnaire
The award-winning musician and activist on life on the road, everyday heroes, and reaching enlightenment.

on September 28, 2022 No comments

When and where were you happiest? As a kid, my summers at camp in the Adirondacks. And as an adult, when I’m onstage.

What is your favorite journey? Away from chaos and toxicity to more joy and peace.

What is your greatest fear? That injustice, ignorance, and fascism win.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? When I’m self-involved or insensitive to others.

What is the trait you most deplore in others? Arrogance and entitlement.

Which talent would you most like to have? To be able to work on highly impactful documentaries.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Perfectionism.

What is your idea of perfect happiness? Being out in a gorgeous natural setting with time to enjoy.

What is your current state of mind? Grateful for what’s right, pissed about what’s wrong.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Balancing my inner and outer life.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? Bringing more attention to musicians and causes that deserve it.

What is your favorite occupation? The one I have: musician-activist.

What do you most value in your friends? Empathy.

Who are your heroes in real life? Those who work all over the world in the most treacherous conditions to alleviate suffering: José Andrés and World Central Kitchen, Doctors Without Borders, International Rescue Committee, the thousands of doctors, nurses, emergency, fire, national guard, and recovery workers who put themselves on the line in all kinds of crises. 

What is your motto? “It’s a situation, not a problem.”

Which living person do you most admire? Dolores Huerta.

What is your greatest extravagance? Taking personal time away from my obligations.

If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be? My older brother would still be here.

What do you most dislike about your appearance? I wish I’d listened to my mom and used sunblock more. Redhead skin in too much sun doesn’t wear well.

How would you like to die? In my sleep in my 90s, after a great gig.

What is your greatest regret? The hidden toll being on the road so much can take on your close relationships.

Where would you like to live? Ireland or Scotland.

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be? Maybe as someone who reaches enlightenment in their lifetime—young enough to make a real difference in others and themselves.

Source: © Copyright Vanity Fair

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