The Big Issue : Edition 533
“THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE WAS LIVING WITH PARENTS THAT WERE INSANE. SO I BECAME A COMEDIAN.” attention, tune in to what my kids are saying rather than flit away; that’s the ultimate and it’s really pleasurable to be able to do. My education is the biggest achievement in my life. If I could go back to any day, it would be when I graduated Oxford [with a masters in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy], three years ago. You walk with those people, with your bat gear on and your square hat and you think, this is so Zelig like. For a minute, it was exhilarating. And 10 minutes later you think you’re a jerk again. But for that moment, I thought, now I’m impressed. You can stay in show business up to a point and then the party will leave you. You have to reinvent and I was really lucky that I was able to reinvent big time. I was able to exercise my brain, because it can atrophy pretty easily, so it’s like sculpting this new machine and I like what I’m doing better. “What I am?” Much better. This is a really good copy. My 16-year-old self wouldn’t believe it… That I got an education like that, that my book is number one in England, and now I stand on stage and I’m funny and I’m talking about how the mind works – it’s the most interesting thing you could ever say or do. She’d say, “Get out of here, you’re fantasising.” Interview by Amy Hetherington » Ruby Wax’s show Frazzled is touring Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne 24 March-2 April. Her book, A Mindfulness Guide to the Frazzled, is out now.