I Am Asha Rampertaap
I Am Asha Rampertaap
AUGUST 12TH, 1997
How would you describe yourself in 60 words?
I’m the sister you never knew you deserved. I’m the one who says the things everyone is thinking but too afraid to say out loud. I’m the mama bear of every friend group – a ruthlessly loving, no-nonsense nurturer. I’m an artist and educator. You can find me in the liminality between chaos and order.
What do people not realize about you until they’ve known you for a while?
People often experience my professionalism and my maturity first – they know me for my strong but loosely held convictions, my full-head, full-heart empathy that never wavers, my mama bear energy. People often take me for twenty-seven based on my personality and beliefs. Then they see the bubbly, quirky, hippy-dippy silliness and my inner four-year-old comes out to play. What they don’t realize is that 4-year-old Asha has more wisdom than her mature counterpart.
What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love?
I love crying. Or rather, I love my emotional malleability. I don’t believe emotions are binary – to me, there is no positive of negative emotion. All emotions – no matter how challenging or painful they are to deal with, can be either constructive or destructive forces in your life, depending on how you wok through that emotion and how you allow that emotion to work through you. As a result, I love a good taxing, emotionally volatile day because I feel so much stronger and more self-aware at the end of it.
What new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?
I have stopped devaluing reciprocity and started holding the people I love to a higher standard. I am finally asking for reciprocal investments in the relationships I wish to nurture.
Are there any quotes you think of often or live your life by?
100% self-awareness, zero self-consciousness. 24/7.
— Asha Rampertaap
What is the book you’ve given most as a gift, and why?
The Alchemist, because it captures the essence of our humanity unlike anything else.
What purchase of $100 or less has most positively impacted your life?
Children’s books that I’ve inscribed for my future children.