How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? If I didn’t know how old I was, I would judge my age through interactions with others and the closer I felt with them, the closer in age I would assume I was to them. On any given day, following this line of thinking, I could be 18 or 64. That’s kind of liberating in a way. I wonder what things we could get away with if we didn’t have the restrictions of our age whispering in our ears.
Which is worse, failing or never trying? In the words of Gretchen Rubin: “Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly.” I think that’s a quotation to live by. Why does failure have to be such an embarrassing thing? I’m choosing to reject that notion – and Lord knows I do my fair share of failing – and embrace life’s opportunities (one step at a time though…let’s get serious)!
If life is so short, why do we do so many things we don’t like and like so many things we don’t do? We get this notion in our heads that life ought to be a certain way and that we ought to find fulfillment in certain things. Part of it is life – needing to get done what needs to get done – but I think a greater part is trying to meet the expectations of others.
When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done? Absolutely; I’m full of hot air! Ha! I do believe that I will have said more than I have done but I believe that the greatest truths will be witnessed in my actions; I pray that the greatest truths will be witnessed in my actions.
What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world? I think we could all stand to love a little better.
If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich? Here is a question that I really have been pondering lately. I find happiness in interacting with people. In helping. In making a difference or positive impact. In writing. In communicating. In leading others to lead. – If that’s an equation, what does it equate to?
If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently? I don’t really live my life with the end in mind, so I’m not sure that it would change that much from today. That being said – if the human life span (as opposed to mine alone) lasted only 40 years, I’m sure we’d all become accustomed to growing up just a little faster…which would really be a shame.
To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken? To copy and paste from my Facebook information: I believe that life is what you make it – but not in that “self-made man” sort of way – rather in a way that makes a person aware that he has the power to choose his own attitude even when he cannot always choose the results of his labor.
Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things? Depending on the way you read this, either statement can be negative or positive. I’m going to choose the latter and say that doing the right things means living the best life rather than the “correct” life and loving people above meeting expectations.
You’re having lunch with three people you respect and admire. They all start criticizing a close friend of yours, not knowing she is your friend. The criticism is distasteful and unjustified. What do you do? I’d just be frank with them and tell them that I’m good friends with the person they’re talking about; suggest a new topic and move on with a smile. You can’t force people to act the way you want, but you can lead conversations in different directions – something which is always best done with a smile.
If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be? Wear sunscreen. Ha – bringing it back to my youth for those of you who know that song. My advice: Keep your heart open; learn to listen; respect others.
Would you break the law to save a loved one? Save – from death – yes.
Have you ever seen insanity where you later saw creativity? All the great minds have been called insane. I think there’s something to be said about being a little of kilter.
What’s something you know you do differently than most people? That’s probably a longer list than it is short. I make faces – all the time. I get way too excited for scarf weather. My friends tell me I have a unique sense of style. I cry at commercials.
How come the things that make you happy don’t make everyone happy? It’s what makes us unique. And thank God for it! I love seeing someone find joy in something that I wouldn’t ever think to appreciate. It provides fresh takes on life.
What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? Go sky diving. It’s been on my “bucket list” for quite some time now. This summer I will see it to fruition!
What’s holding you back? I don’t know that I’m held back so much as I’m choosing to fulfill an obligation before embarking on my intended journey.
Are you holding onto something you need to let go of? In some ways I hold onto the hurt of being left without answers, but I think it’s a natural process to see that subside with time. I don’t cling to it, but I find myself paying mind to it from time to time.
If you had to move to a state or country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why? I want to move to Washington because I saw a job post for the National Kidney Foundation that sounds perfect for me – but I suppose I should polish my resume and apply before I get caught up on that path!
Do you push the elevator button more than once? Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster? Sometimes I push the “close” button to see if it works. I’m always pleasantly surprised when the door does seem to close faster and mildly amused when it doesn’t.
Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton? Simpleton. Worry is hell.
Why are you, you? It’s a culmination of upbringing, biology, a series of events unfolding in a particular way, innate reactions and feelings, lessons, failures, and successes – which have been, and continue to be, lovingly guided and planned by the Lord specifically for me.
Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend? No, although it is something that I strive to do. I also find it much easier to be a friend having moved away from everyone because the people I stay in touch with mean enough to work for.
Which is worse, when a good friend moves away, or losing touch with a good friend who lives right near you? I think both are painful but a friend moving away can be more painful because you are apt to think if things (distances) were different, you would have the same relationship that you once did. When you lose touch with a close (distance-wise) friend, you can find peace in knowing that it’s meant to be.
What are you most grateful for? Love – particularly that reciprocated through family and friends, taught by God.
Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones? I suppose if you lose your memories you have no memory to remember what you’ve lost. Then in comparison your future, which becomes your present then past, might seem off to you when you think back to the memories you have from a long time ago. If you make new ones but don’t have old ones, you might believe that you’ve learned to make memories and it might seem a more natural transition. So I choose new memories – assuming that I will lose the knowledge of what I have lost if I do.
Is is possible to know the truth without challenging it first? Yes, though foolish.
Has your greatest fear ever come true? No, my mind is healthy. May it ever be.
Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset? Does it really matter now? Let’s see…I’d be 17/18 years old. I don’t remember being extremely upset about anything at 17/18.
What is your happiest childhood memory? What makes it so special? Walks with my parents in autumn (my favorite season), wearing my Keds, swinging between them by the arms. 1…2…3…weeee!
At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive? If not now, then when? Now!
If you haven’t achieved it yet, what do you have to lose? Great question. The only thing you can lose is the thought that you can, if you can’t. I suppose that’s where a lot of fear lies. If you aren’t capable and you don’t try, you don’t have to admit that you cannot. But that really goes against the “Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly” philosophy – so forget that and get your feet wet!
Have you ever been with someone, said nothing, and walked away feeling like you just had the best conversation ever? Yes. Precious moments.
Why do religions that support love cause so many wars? Sin and misguided leaders.
Is it possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is evil? Eat of the tree of knowledge. Or ask the Man Upstairs.
If you won a million dollars, would you quit your job? If I had a million dollars, I would give to charity and create a school curriculum for myself, travel, and yes, quit my job for a while. But not too long. There’s not much good to be said of idle hands.
Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing? Either one sounds like less work to me so I could settle no matter the choice!
Do you feel like you’ve lived this day a hundred times before? Never. Although I do feel like I’ve stayed up late far too many nights in the recent past. I’ll be regretting this tomorrow morning and again come 2pm – which seems to be the time I always begin to nod off.
When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly believed in? Isn’t that sort of what I’m doing now? Holding my hand over the light to keep some faint breeze from sweeping it off into the wind until the wick gets long enough that it can hold its own.
If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today? What an awful thing! I choose family. They’re my rock.
Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous? Beauty and fame hold their own pains and hardships and I’m becoming quite good at weathering the troubles that come my way, so I think I’ll stick to what I know on this one.
What is the difference between being alive and truly living? Purpose.
When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards, and just go ahead and do what you know is right? Right now – that’s what this whole blog is supposed to be chronicling. I suppose I should do something right then… Haha.
If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake? Learning, while crucial to our development, is not an easy feat.
What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you? I would sing in my cubicle. I think about that every day when a good song comes on the radio, but my cube-buddy is never appreciative when I let a line or two slip. Oops!
When was the last time you noticed the sound of your own breathing? When I’m at work and stressing about something – I tune in and hear myself sigh so loudly that it gets on my own nerves. Haha. So dramatic to being sighing all the time. Is it really necessary? I think not.
What do you love? Have any of your recent actions openly expressed this love? Writing – if you couldn’t gather. I’m glad I’ve come back to it after what seems like a lengthy hiatus.
In 5 years from now, will you remember what you did yesterday? What about the day before that? Or the day before that? Well, to be quite honest, yes because a busy season internship will go down as a signficant achievement of sorts in my life. But then again, I may have thought that when I was 17/18 as well.
Decisions are being made right now. The question is: Are you making them for yourself, or are you letting others make them for you? I’m learning to make them for myself. It’s a liberating experience. I just need to stay on track. It’s easy to slip back into old habits but so important that I don’t.