intro to documentary production
My name is Cat.
Well technically it's Cathryn, but I haven't gone by that since I was 16. I don't remember why I suddenly decided to make the change. I just didn't feel like Cathryn anymore. I was going through a lot around that same time. I've been treated for anxiety and depression since I was far too young to know what either of those things were and they peaked when I was about halfway through high school. I try not to let that define me.
I love animals. We have 4 dogs and a snake at my mom's house and a dog and a cat at my dad's house. My mom's house is great because I can sit on the sofa with a blanket and I'll have two little dogs on my lap for hours. Until someone opens a bag of chips in the kitchen, that is. My dog lives at my mom's house too, so it's nice to go see him. His name is Fred and he's a basset hound. He's wonderful.
My all time favorite thing to do is travel, which is slightly odd as my biggest fear is flying in airplanes. I have to sit in the window seat or my anxiety skyrockets. But my closest friends live in cities all over the US and there are so many places and things I want to see that I suck it up and do my best to fall asleep before we take off.
My favorite place in the world used to be this tree in my backyard. It had a branch with one flat bit that I could sit in perfectly. Since we moved from there, I've tended not to get attached to too many places. One of my favorite places now is San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. I've been twice and I'm going back in a couple weeks. I've been involved in a project with the organization Random Acts to build a high school for adults who live in the area and are sharing a high school with teenagers because they don't have their own space.
I also went to LA for the first time a couple weeks ago and instantly felt a connection. Any chance I get back to California, I'll take in a heartbeat. I felt at peace there, which was weird since it was so busy.