I found this meme a while ago but forgot to finish it. Enjoy!
1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
I don’t know about perfect happiness–I’m tempted to say “heaven” but I don’t think that’s what the question is getting at. I think that I would be deeply happy knowing that I was doing what I was made to do. Even if it was uncomfortable, just KNOWING this would make me a deep, comfortable sort of happy.
I would also love to have lots of tea, some space and time for silence every day, and to know that the words that come from my heart (both spoken and written) had touched people deeply.
2. What is your greatest fear?
Losing Dave suddenly and violently is what comes to mind first, but I think that I’m actually more afraid of finding out that no one actually loves me, that everyone things derisively of me, and that they keep me around so they can laugh at me behind their backs.
3. Which living person do you most admire?
I admire most people who I know for something, but I’m not at all sure I want to list them here. It would be a long, long list. So, among famous people, I admire Marion Jones for telling the truth and Lindsey Lohan for getting her life back together.
4. What trait do you most deplore in yourself?
My distrust of myself. Don’t think too hard about the regressing loops that will create in a psyche.
5. What trait do you most deplore in others?
I hate it when people make quick, absolute judgments about how someone should be or live or perform a task when they don’t have all the details and don’t really want them. I hate it even more when they don’t care what is actually possible and not possible and just think things should be done their way.
6. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Independence. I don’t advocate co-dependence, but I think that interdependence is a better approximation of where we should be, given the reality of what it means to be human.
7. On what occasion do you lie?
I hate this question. I lie when I get caught doing little things that embarrass me or that I’m afraid the person asking me would look down on me for. It’s usually in a moment, before I even realize that I’ve done it.
8. What do you dislike most about your appearance?
I wish I was longer-waisted.
9. What is your greatest regret?
There are a lot of things that didn’t go the way I would have planned them, but I don’t think I had a choice in a lot of them and so struggle to call them regrets. I could say, for example, that I regret getting deeply involved with a non-Christian guy at the end of high-school, but even that I did for decent reasons at the time and got some HUGE things out of.
10. What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Dave (I’m keeping this to earthly things, for those who are concerned.)
11. Which talent would you most like to have?
I would love to be brilliant with words, both spoken and written*
*I wrote that before and I’m leaving it, because it’s still true. Also, I don’t know if what I’m going to write next is specifically a talent. I would love to be about to use my words (both spoken and written) and my desire to sit with people and love them where they’re at, to facilitate grieving. We each have so much to grieve, even when we’ve lived fairly “easy” lives, and walking through that can help us find Jesus in new ways.
12. What is your current state of mind?
I’m tired but contented to sit on my couch and type.
13. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would be less afraid, particularly regarding what people are going to think of me and what I need to do to be accepted.
14. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
These are all up there, about the same level: Surviving and thriving during the three weeks I spent mostly alone on an intensive retreat. Being part of one of the closest communities of college friends I’ve heard about. Living, studying and backpacking in Europe for 6 months. Surviving and thriving in my first year of marriage. Deciding to go back to therapy. Making the choice not to pursue a graduate degree in Philosophy.
15. If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what would it be?
I have no idea. A little yellow flower? A dark Palamino? Benazir Bhutto? A dolphin?
16. What is your most treasured possession?
My artwork and writings, and the notebook I kept during my three-week retreat.
17. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Seeing that God is real but not being able to bring yourself to believe in him.
18. Where would you like to live?
New Zealand, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, but not necessarily in that order.
19. What is your most marked characteristics?
Correcting poor grammar, like in this question. Seriously? I’m straightforward, but I can be gentle when I show truth. I’m stubborn as a rock if you attack me head on but supple and teachable if you make suggestions and ask questions. I ask good questions, both with my head and my heart. I love people, and I love giving them words that help them live.
20. Who are your favourite writers?
Louisa May Alcott. Lois McMaster Bujold. Lauren Winner. Annie Dillard. J. K. Rowling. Dorothy Sayers. J. R. R. Tolkien. Madeline L’Engle. Fyodor Doestoevsky. David Benner.
21. Who is your favourite hero of fiction?
22. Who are your heroes in real life?
I don’t think I have any. I have occasionally put people on a pedestal like that, but I have trouble keeping them there. Generally, anyone who gives their life for another, particularly when it’s simply a part of their job (like a policeman, fireman, military member).
23. What is it that you most dislike?
Could we get any more general? Traffic. Allergies. Stupid movies. The “entertain me” attitude that’s so prevalent lately. People who say they care but don’t.
24. What is your motto?
I don’t have one. The closest thing I’ve found lately are Jesus’ words to Peter, James and John after the Transfiguration: Rise, and have no fear.
25. Favourite journey?
Traveling to Italy and Greece through my school. It was a graduation present and a last Hurrah! for several of us who were close.
26. What do you most value in your friends?
A willingness to hear my heart and then be with me where I am, without trying to change me or fix me.
27. Which word or phrase do you most overuse?
I sound like such a California girl lately–“Awesome,” “Totally,” “Cool.” Online, it’s gotta be “Wow.”
28. Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Um…drawing a blank here (ask me about fictional characters…I identify with loads of them). I don’t know about identify with, but I find Mary, Queen of Scots, absolutely fascinating.
29. What is your greatest extravagance?
Shoes, books, and eating out. And, in the future, Macintosh electronic equipment.
30. If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
I’d have us share deeply with comfort and ease and without the need to produce or squash feeling.
31. What is your favourite occupation?
That I’ve had? Teacher. In general? Writer, particularly back in the old days where female writers were a little odd and mysterious.
32. What is the quality you most like in a woman?
The ability to empathize well.
33. What is the quality you most like in a man?
34. How would you like to die?
I’d prefer to just drift away in my sleep, with Dave nearby. Either that, or I’d like to die for someone else.
35. If you could choose what you want to come back as, what would it be?
Just for the record, this is a terrible final question. Maybe just a little yellow flower, on a hillside in the Pacific Northwest, bringing joy and not caring an iota for myself.
Now, for my tags (because don’t you always tag someone with these things? But please feel free to participate if and as you desire):