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Your Turn/Gena Finley

With GENA FINLEY
Posted: Mar. 2, 2019 10:50 pm

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... I don't think there was anything I really wanted to be when I grew up. I was one of those kids who just seemed to stumble my way along.

What would you rather be doing right now? I would rather be on a sandy beach with a book in one hand and a little umbrella drink in the other.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I was voted class flirt in high school.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? Graduating with my first degree at JWCC. I didn't go to college until I was 30, and it was a huge challenge to balance work, raising two young children and going to school and still graduating with honors.

It really stinks when ... people leave shopping carts in the middle of the parking lot instead of putting them in the cart return rack.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? I would say friendly.

I always laugh when ... I read snarky memes on social media.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? My maternal grandmother because I miss her so much and would love to hug her one last time. Abraham Lincoln because he was a great man. Princess Diana because she was a great humanitarian but also because she always seemed to carry herself with so much grace and class despite everything.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... put on comfortable clothes and cuddle up with a blanket and a good book.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... a little nerdy. I always had my nose buried in a book.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... Sadly, I've never met anyone famous. If anyone knows Jason Momoa, could you send him my way?

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... go on a Caribbean cruise.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... eat lima beans.

America should be more concerned about ... being kind and treating each other with respect, regardless of differences in religious or political views.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... workout clothes. I might have a "slight" obsession.

When I'm on the internet, I always go to ... Facebook. I'm nosy and really like to see the positive and great things that are happening in people's lives. I love seeing pictures of their children and their pets.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? The Golden Rule: "Do unto others as you would have done unto you," or in modern terms, "treat others how you want to be treated." My mother told us that countless times growing up, and I try to live by that every day.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... When I'm in the mood to listen to music, it's most often Pop/Top 40. Often though, when I'm in the car by myself, I just enjoy silence.

I always get sentimental when ... I see an animal die in a movie. I cry like a baby every time.

The older I get, the more I realize ... that you don't have to try so hard to be liked. Some people just will not like you regardless of how hard you try, so let them go and don't worry about them.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... have been a much better student in high school.

My favorite item of clothing is ... I have a ratty old bathrobe that I've had for probably about 15 years. My family gave me a not-so-subtle hint to get rid of it a few years ago by buying me a new robe for Christmas. I just can't make myself part with it.

If I've learned anything at all ... it's to not compare yourself and your progress to others. Just because your journey is different than someone else's doesn't mean you're not headed in the right direction for you.

Gena Finley, who says she is "50 years young," has been married to Chris for 30 years. They have two grown children, Sierra and Drew. Finley grew up in Camp Point but has lived in Quincy since she was 18 years old. She works for the Quincy Area Vocational Technical Center as program coordinator and also teaches fitness classes four nights a week at the Kroc Center.