In Chapter 4 of 18 in his 2012 Capture Your Flag interview, public affairs and communications strategist Matt Curtis shares how as the rebellious baby of the family, born 10 years after his nearest sibling, Curtis learns to appreciate his parents' decisions more as he gets older, from getting core values by going to church to a general desire to live an honest life. Matt Curtis is the director of government relations at HomeAway Inc. Previously he was communications director for Austin mayor.
Erik: How are your family relationships changing as you get older? Matt: You know, as a—I’m the baby of the family, I’m the rebellious baby of the family. I was born 10 years after my brother and sister, you know, my parents probably had no expectation that there would be another child in the household so I don’t think they had a lot of patience for me and at the same time probably didn’t wanna have to rule on me, like, you know, the tyrannical parents that, you know, so many people think that they have. So I had probably a lot of latitude as a young person but at the same time I was rebellious and just wanted to rebel against anything. But now as I’ve gotten older, I’ve gotten closer to my parents, I’ve gotten closer to my family members, I appreciate them. I realize that the so much of what—especially with my parents, so much of what they taught me as a young man, that I might had said, you know, “Don’t talk to me anymore about that,” all that has made me who I am. And I may be still a little bit rebellious but deep down in my core, the core values were made up by them and, you know, everything from—I might not be as church-going religious in the same form that my parents are and were when I was a younger man, but my spirituality and I think all the core values that I’ve learned from going to church with them, that certainly rests within me and is a strong part of me. More than anything though, probably my desire to live, you know, an honest life and be an honest person, and be very forthright, that’s—that I gain from my parents, because, again, that’s something I really rebelled against as a younger man. I didn’t wanna be forthright, I wanted to get away with it all you know and stuff like that. And I realized all that does is just get you into trouble. And the best thing is to just be a good forthright citizen.