You probably know everything you need to know about me if you know that a) I rarely dream, but on those few occasions when I've had a nightmare I've always dreamed myself as dealing competently with the threat; b) my 3rd year school report characterised me as "Friendly and good-natured but not always co-operative"; and c) I carry a special pair of tweazers for rescuing waterlogged worms.
You are no more or less important than anybody else (unless you are about to complete some really world-altering piece of research or political act, in which case you may temporarily be more important until the research or act is finished). Be kind to others but also to yourself - yourself is a valuable resource which will work better and do more good in the world if you treat it well. Don't confuse your own feelings with objective reality - a spider isn't less worthy of life or deserving of sympathy than a butterfly, just because you may like butterflies and hate spiders: your prejudices and preferences are your own problem.
What Gives Me Hope
I find it's better to live without hope. That way, if something good happenes it's a pleasant surprise, and if something bad happens it's not a shock.
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by
Make basic pet care, child care, communication skills and civics compuilsory subjects at school (or rather one subject which included units of all of these). Most crime, especially violent and sexual crime, is committed by people frustrated by their inability to communicate. Also, stop worrying about racism, sexism, bullying etc as separate issues - teach children to be kind, fair and just and the "isms" will wither away.
What/who changed my life and why
I realise more and more how the books of children's author Nicholas Stuart Gray, with their kind outlook, strong women, sharp dialogue and clever verbal wit influenced both my outlook on life and my writing style.