There’s one in­ter­view that Lisa Wilkin­son wishes she’d done

She’s in­ter­viewed some huge names but there’s one per­son the tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter wishes she could sit down with – her late dad.

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What’s your great­est strength?

Courage. I went through a pretty rough pe­riod of be­ing bul­lied dur­ing my high school years. The day I fin­ished my fi­nal exam, I made a prom­ise to my­self that I’d never again al­low some­one else to de­cide for me who I was or how I should live my life. And I haven’t since.

And your great­est weak­ness?

Boxer pup­pies.

What scares you?

The ef­fect so­cial me­dia has on our lives. It puts crazy pres­sures on us – par­tic­u­larly on kids to be fully formed at an age when stum­bling along the path to adult­hood should be a pri­vate rite of pas­sage.

What virtue do you most ad­mire in peo­ple?

Gen­eros­ity in all its forms. Hu­mil­ity. Op­ti­mism. And a sense of hu­mour.

What’s one thing about you that would sur­prise peo­ple?

I’m a frus­trated singer.

What’s your most trea­sured pos­ses­sion?

My wed­ding ring. It sig­ni­fies so much and nei­ther Pete [FitzSi­mons, jour­nal­ist and au­thor] nor I have taken ours off since the day we got mar­ried on 26 Sep­tem­ber 1992.

If you could do any other job, what would it be?

An ar­chi­tect or in­te­rior de­signer. Our house [in Cre­morne on Syd­ney’s Lower North Shore] was built in 1903 and has been a work in progress since we bought it 20 years ago. We’re com­plet­ing the last of the work next year and I re­ally can’t wait. I adore old build­ings and cre­at­ing spa­ces that in­vite you in.

What’s your idea of ab­so­lute hap­pi­ness?

Pot­ter­ing at home with some mu­sic on, singing as if no-one is lis­ten­ing.

If you could have din­ner with two fa­mous peo­ple, who would you choose?

Michelle and Barack Obama – I still can’t de­cide who I have a big­ger crush on!

What travel ex­pe­ri­ence is on your bucket list?

Tak­ing three months off to travel Italy. I re­cently spent a week on the Amalfi Coast and was blown away. I want to see more.

How do you switch off ?

With a very early morn­ing or sun­set walk by my­self, some­where near wa­ter.

What’s your guilty plea­sure?

Fos­sick­ing through flea mar­kets. Paris has the best ones and every time I go, I al­ways end up with a trea­sured some­thing. Last time, I got a gor­geous old quilt that’s now sit­ting on the back of my favourite couch at home. It makes me smile every day.

If you could turn back time, what would you change in your life?

I’d sit down with my beau­ti­ful late dad [Ray Wilkin­son] and record the story of his life. He died sud­denly back in 1990 and there’s so much about him that I wish I knew. He was an in­cred­i­ble leader and yet he was com­pletely with­out ego. I’d give any­thing to hear his voice again.

What is your great­est achieve­ment?

My three kids.

What would you say is the most Aus­tralian thing about you?

My child­hood in Camp­bell­town [in Syd­ney’s west]. Play­ing street cricket with my brothers un­til well af­ter the street­lights came on; swim­ming in the lo­cal river af­ter Sun­day school; watch­ing Countdown on tele­vi­sion; buy­ing Dolly mag­a­zine and por­ing over each and every page with my girl­friends dur­ing ge­og­ra­phy class; and be­ing slathered in zinc dur­ing school hol­i­days at North Wol­lon­gong Beach.

If you were an an­i­mal, what would it be?

An ea­gle. Some­times I dream that I can fly and I al­ways wake up happy.

How would you spend your last $20?

I’d go to a two-dol­lar shop and stretch that baby out as much as I could.

How would you like to be re­mem­bered?

As a good mum and as a part­ner who added as much to Pete’s life as he added to mine.

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