Saturday, June 3, 2017

Q&A - 2017 version

So I did this in 2011, and was wondering to what extent my answers have changed, so here goes:

When were you happiest?
2011: The years I lived in Geneva, somehow I made sense then...
2017: I have been happiest when not living in Norway and South Africa it turns out. It is still true about Geneva, but also loved living in Edinburgh and even the six months in Nairobi, despite some trying aspects were amazing.

What is your greatest fear?
2011: Not having anyone to talk to or laugh with
2017: Never finding home

What is your earliest memory?
2011: Standing in my cot, waiting for someone. (Always thought it is ironic!)
2017: No older memories have emergied...

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
2011: My impressive ability to not do anything
2017: being a thinker and not a doer

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
2011: When people can barely have a conversation without explaining everything to you as though you are newborn...
2017: (Was I thinking of mansplaining then?) There is much I deplore at the moment, but nevertheless, to break it down to a mere trait? WIll need some reflection.

What was your most embarrassing moment?
2011: Still remember to this day crawling into the lap of some poor gentleman at church, thinking he was my father! Was probably four or five.
2017: The most recent comes to mind: sent out the wrong e-mail without my boss's changes reflected. Not good.

Property aside, what's the most expensive thing you've bought?
2011: Etro bag I saw in a window in Rome - still surprises me but I do not regret it. (Yet to every buy property!)
2017: Some art I bought in Nairobi may have come close, but I do not remember the price of the Etro bag any more.

What is your most treasured possession?
2011: My ipod probably...
2017: My ipad...?

What would your super power be?
2011: knowing the future
2017: being right

What is your favourite smell?
2011: Freshly ground coffee
2017: Good smells out in the world.

If you could bring something extinct back to life, what would you choose?
2011: my idealism
2017: my ignorance (Ignorance is bliss after all)

What is the worst thing anyone's said to you?
2011: "you're not"
2017: yip, still that

What does love feel like?
2011: Rather lovely. (stealing Roger Moore's words on this one)
2017: I wish I knew ;)

Have you ever said "I love you" and not meant it?
2011: Don't think so...
2017: It's complicated

Which living person do you most despise, and why?
2011: I may despise someone in a particular circumstance, but usually I try to find compassion for them too.
2017: Donald Trump. ('nuff said, no?)

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party?
2011: At this precise moment in time - just good friends would be a dream :-)
2017: This week: Nancy Fraser

If you could go back in time, where would you go?
2011: Absolutely no idea...
2017: Anywhere where it would be miraculously easier for me to live what I consider a meaningful life. Totally fiction of course.

Which word do you most overuse?
2011: "bored"

What has been your biggest disappointment?
2011: Waiting for the right guy to come along!
2017: things have just not ended up quite the way I hoped

How do you relax?
2011: Listen to music apparently
2017: Listen to music while surfing Facebook, Twitter or today, blogging

How often do you have sex?
2011: At present, I don't!
2017: What's that?

What is the closest you've come to death?
2011: Leaving the house while living in South Africa? (Not very close really :-)
2017: no closer methinks

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
2011: A social life
2017: a pet

What is your greatest achievement?
2011: Not giving up
2017: still haven't given up

What keeps you awake at night?
2011: Thinking
2017: yip

What song would you like played at your funeral?
2011: Take my hand Precious Lord
2011: yip

How would you like to be remembered?
2011: I would be happy to be remembered!
2017: Yip

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
2011: It could have been worse :-)
2017: Yip

So much for that. Not that much of a difference after all! I am after all of that age when I think I am just becoming more myself.

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