So, to read the first installment and find the original list of questions, visit this post. Every Friday, I’m answering 10 of the “50 Questions that will free your mind.” I was going to do them all at once but decided against it because: it will take a long time, it will be a very long post, & I imagine at points it would make my head hurt. So, 3 Fridays left and 30 questions left after this post! I know it’s not necessarily budget-or-fudget information, but I think reflecting on this sort of thing will help self-awareness, which is really important for all aspects of a person’s life.
- 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 have had this happen before. Usually, I either voice that I disagree and change the subject. If that doesn’t work, I leave. I find it draining to be around that kind of talk, especially about a close friend. My respect for these people would also fall. To me, the best way to determine what kind of person someone is, is to observe how they treat others.
- If you could offer a newborn child only 1 piece of advice, what would it be? Do what you can to be happy without hurting people.
- Would you break the law to save a loved one?
Of course. I would break the law to save anyone.
- Have you ever seen insanity where you later saw creativity?
I don’t think so. I tend to think of things very analytically, so if I thought something was insane, it’s probably because I thought it couldn’t work.
- What’s something you know you do differently than most people?
I live in between 2 worlds: Do what I want and Do what I need. Most people fall into the latter, and I picked up the first from a friend of mine. I tend to do what I want, even if there are consequences that some would consider too much. I try to live with one foot in the future and one in the now, and I think, especially with the pressure that everyone is under, that it is a rare attitude. I like it, but sometimes it is stressful..
- How come the things that make you happy don’t make everyone happy?
Different strokes for different folks
- What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? What’s holding you back?
Take a year off from school. Yeah, I only have a year left, so it’s not really realistic (and before I would have lost major scholarships). I have thought a lot about taking a year off between undergrad. and graduate school, but I’m naturally a really cautious person when it comes to things like this. I’m afraid of not finding a job, not being able to get into graduate school later, and never being able to do what I want, but a break would be really really nice. I do hope the 2+2 program works out.
- Are you holding onto something you need to let go of?
I’m a feelings hoarder, and it’s really not healthy. Situations with my family, my boyfriend, my friends…sometimes I can get really mad over things that happened years ago, and it’s not fair to them or to me. I need to be able to actually forgive people and not dwell, but it is easier said than done.
- If you had to move to a state or country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why?
I would probably move to somewhere in the lower part of British Columbia. I’ve been in Canada for the last few months, and it’s not very different in a lot of ways from the US, but there are some fundamental differences (more socially liberal). I would have to live in a coastal place wherever I go because I need the seafood =). I really can’t imagine living somewhere permanently that is not Louisiana…
- Do you push the elevator button more than once? Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster?
Yes. I don’t think it does, but sometimes there is satisfaction in taking some sort of action when there is no actual action to be taken.
I would say this set of questions was harder for me to answer than the first. I really struggled with #5 & #7. Good luck if you’re endeavoring to answer these as well! Here’s a puppy to help with any emotional exhaustion =)
(I really do want this kind of puppy one day! [long-haired dappled dachshund])