I’m really enjoying answering these questions! Some of them do my head in, some of them have an obvious answer. Needless to say, they really are making me think about what type of person I am and how my actions match my personality. These questions are a part of my 101 in 1001. There are fifty questions and I’ve decided to break them up into sets of ten, so you don’t have to read a solid wall of text 🙂 I answered the first set here and the second set here.
If anyone wants to have a look at the full list of questions then they’re over here.
Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?
Joyful simpleton. For sure. What’s the point in being a genius if you’re worried? What’s the point of life if you’re too worried? Period. I would rather enjoy myself than spend my time being worried.
Why are you, you?
Gosh, hard pass. I think our experiences and attitudes shape our actions, which, in turn, shapes our lives. It’s the whole nature vs. nurture debate. Which has the most influence? Are they linked or not? I think a lot of life experiences have shaped who I am; some are good, some are bad. In some respects I’m a lot harsher and closed off than I was when I was fifteen, in other respects I’m a lot more open to new experiences and opportunities than I’ve ever been. The good thing about “growing up” is that we’re always learning, growing and changing. The person I am right now won’t be the person I am next year or even next month. That’s the beauty of life 🙂
Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend?
Sometimes. I can get really caught up in life and I’m not always there in a way that a friend should be. I don’t always message people, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t care. I said that I’m a low maintenance person, so I treat most people as the same…even when I know that they aren’t. I don’t need to talk to people every second of the day to know that I’m their friend and that they want to see me happy, etc. After moving to Auckland it has gotten worse because this city is expensive. I’m a college student. I am consistently riding that ‘poor’ train. I can’t see my friends as much as I would like, and that is hard.
Which is worse, when a good friend moves away, or losing touch with a good friend who lives right near you?
Well, considering I’m the one who moved away, I would have to say losing touch with a good friend who lives near you. That would be the worst thing. I couldn’t imagine seeing someone who used to be a friend all the time. It would just be sad. I’ve had the same group of friends for ten (or more) years now, so the thought of losing any of them would be heartbreaking.
What are you most grateful for?
My ability to choose. Everything and anything. I can choose what I want to do during my day, week, year, and for the rest of my life. No one has placed concrete expectations for me, and, for that, I am grateful. I’m also grateful for everything else in my life. Very grateful.
Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones?
Oh my, this is like trying to decide between the lesser of two evils. I live for experiences. I love being able to do something and have recollections of those experiences. Honestly? I would prefer to lose all my old memories. Memories don’t mean that the photographs or people from my history will disappear. They’ll still be there. Being stuck with only old memories means being stuck in the same place though, and that isn’t something that I want.
Is is possible to know the truth without challenging it first?
No. Yes. Maybe. Sometimes. Sometimes the truth isn’t obvious until you push a little bit and delve deeper. Sometimes the truth isn’t forthcoming. Sometimes the truth is hidden by a powerful lie. Finding the truth is never as easy at it seems.
Has your greatest fear ever come true?
Pass. I don’t actually know what my greatest fear is, so I can’t tell if it has happened or not. Most people say dying, being alone, failure as their greatest fears, but I’m not afraid of those things. I’m truly not.
Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset? Does it really matter now?
Five years ago I would have been sixteen, so I doubt it has any pull in my life right now 😉 Sixteen is the age of angst and hormones going out of control. High school
AKA hell doesn’t help with it either. I just remember being so done with high school when I was sixteen. Thank goodness I’ve moved on from that stage in my life 😉
What is your happiest childhood memory? What makes it so special?
Goodness, so many. I remember my dad building us a playhouse and we used it to house our pet ducklings. I remember having the ducklings swimming in the bathtub. I remember going to the beach every summer when I was a kid and I loved it. I remember participating in calf club. I remember having a pet bunny and running around the property with him. I also remember my mum and sister telling me that they accidentally let him run around in the paddock next door. That was possibly my worst nightmare. I remember all the sleepovers. I remember the catering trips and the giant candy jar that my grandmother would have. I remember my grandmother breeding cats and how we got to play with all the kittens while they grew up. There are so many happy memories in my life and just the fact that I was happy makes them special. Don’t you agree?