Arian Richardson
Tell us a little about you(your background and how was it like)?
Hello! I’m a native of Springfield, MA a little city in Massachusetts also known as the birthplace of basketball of course. I lived in Springfield but grew up in Longmeadow, MA a suburb right outside the city. I was always called “white” because like I said I’m from Springfield but I grew up in Longmeadow, I attended school there since kindergarten, all my extracurricular activities and after-school hangouts were there so that was where my social circle took place. And yes, a majority of my friends were white as Longmeadow was a predominately caucasian suburb, and although I lived in Springfield, that was just my home, I competed versus my neighbors and fellow residents in sport events but I didn’t have friends in Springfield. But, I had siblings, 4, three brothers and a sister, so I had them and growing up with THAT many siblings, was interesting to say the least, but fun. I think in their own way they all shaped me as we were all different, talented, and beautiful individuals who had each other, we were our first friends. Then, of course, there’s my mother, single, strong, independent, and LOVING being that is just so selfless in every way possible. She’s definitely the center of it all, for me. My mother definitely shaped me when it comes to how I view myself, the world and others, she gave me and my siblings a lot of freedom but she also was our parent, our mentor. She’s my twin, I’m just the evil and younger version lol.
What are the bad things you see on social media?
I see a lot of vulgarity, shade, abuse (whether that be physical or verbal) and I see a ton of negativity from people. I don’t understand it, we’re given a platform, like social media, that has such an impact on people and yet we abuse it. Crazy.
What are the hardships you go through?
I honestly believe that many of the hardships, especially now, that I’m going through have to do with stress and its the stress of not having enough time and even honestly of not knowing what to do or what’s the right/ best thing for me. I’m someone that stresses easily, like one thing goes wrong and it’s like the end of the world in my mind lol. But, interestingly enough at this moment, this past week actually, I’ve been praying to God like why me. So, it’s hard to pin point all my hardships as some are so small and some are large but stressing has to be a hardship all in it’s own.
What are your goals in life?
My goals in life are simply to be successful on my own terms, financially stable and happy. Simple and all things that I can and will accomplish on my own and on my own terms.
What would you do if you could change the world?
If I could change the world, I’d end pain. I think pain can be anything to anyone and when we’re not hurting or in pain, we’re happy so I definitely would want to end the pain we endure, day in and day out.
Are you happy in the position you are now in life?
Yes and no. I think I could be happy but right now, I’m not. If anything, I’m complacent right now but I’m not as happy as I thought I’d be but thats okay, I think happiness is mental and if I’m unhappy then it’s up to me to make myself happy and figure out why I feel the way I do. So, right now I’m not as happy as I could be, as I should be.
What questions would you like me to make next for the new interviees coming to the website?
Ask them what makes them happy or what their proudest moment is? I think you really get to know a person when you ask something that makes them reflect on why they feel or felt that way.

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