When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... exactly what I am, a registered nurse. My mother is a nurse, and I have always aspired to follow in her very large footsteps.
What would you rather be doing right now? Fishing.
Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I have a horrible fear of spiders.
Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? College graduation.
It really stinks when ... people are cruel to others.
What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Empathy.
I always laugh when ... a baby laughs. It's contagious.
Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? Stephen Hawking to understand his determination for defeating all odds. Edgar Cayce to try and understand the intricacies of the human mind. My dad to tell him thanks for working so hard to make sure we always had everything we needed and were surrounded with love.
At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... work in my flowers.
People who knew me in high school thought I was ... confusing because I loved books and learning and being in the band and chorus as much as I loved playing sports.
My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... I've never bumped into anyone famous.
I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... fly to Ireland.
If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... quit working as a nurse.
America should be more concerned about ... caring for its own. While I am not at all against coming to the aid of other countries by any means, I think it is important for us, as a nation, to turn much of that aid inward and improve things like homelessness and hunger.
I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... rocks and semi-precious gemstones.
When I'm on the internet, I always go to ... YouTube. I'm a huge fan of DIY videos.
What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? "There is nothing you cannot achieve if you are willing to work hard enough for it," My mother.
When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... Classic rock (typically Queen) loudly.
I always get sentimental when ... I watch the Christmas commercials from Hallmark.
The older I get, the more I realize ... life is short, and time is precious.
If I had one "do-over," I would ... not change a thing. Life is a journey, and every experience, good or bad, is a stepping stone along the way that makes you stronger and more prepared.
My favorite item of clothing is ... anything soft and fluffy.
If I've learned anything at all ... Life is precious. Never take one single moment for granted, because you never know when it will be your last.
Erin Waters, 43, was born and raised in rural northeastern North Carolina and lived on a farm there for most of her life. She is married to the love of her life, William, and has two amazing kids -- Brice, 23, (wife Kelly) and Lily, 21/2 -- and two beautiful grandkids, Preston, 11, and Kinsley, 2. She is a registered nurse and manager of the Emergency Center at Illini Community Hospital.