I occasionally blog-stalk a girl from school (Hi Honor!) who writes a really nice blog about her time at university. Have a look here. She had found a list entitled “50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind” and had chosen 10 good questions and answered them seriously and thought provokingly.
I will do no such thing.
I think half the reason this appealed was because it is so reminiscent of those egocentric questionnaires we used to forward around with infuriating speed and enjoy filling in, mostly because we got to admit to piercings, snogging and how well we got on with our parents. Rebellious. So, because I’d like to answer all 50 questions, I’ve tried to answer them quickly. We’ll see how it goes.
50 Questions That Will Free Your Mind
How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?
If I looked in the mirror, I’d guess about 20. If I looked at my collection of books, I’d guess 40. If I looked at my collection of shoes I’d guess, like, 12 with horrible taste.
Which is worse, failing or never trying?
Never trying. I got a fringe – I failed at it, because I hate it, but I am pleased I went and done it.
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?
Because we’re lazy and don’t live in the Bahamas.
When it’s all said and done, will you have said more than you’ve done?
I write a blog because I have too many words in my head. I am clearly all about the talking.
What is the one thing you’d most like to change about the world?
REVOLUTION. No more capitalism and no more bankers please.
If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?
Are you doing what you believe in, or are you settling for what you are doing?
I’m unemployed, which means I sit on the sofa and occasionally go to the gym. I’m starting to make a bum shape into the sofa. Settling.
If the average human life span was 40 years, how would you live your life differently?
When the human life span was 40 then girls were married off at like, 13. So, at my grand old age of 21 I’d be feeling very spinstery and probably knitting a basket for my cats and working on a hobby like licking my elbow.
To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?
I’m a Christian. I believe in a God who knows every decision I’ll make but doesn’t control them.
Are you more worried about doing things right, or doing the right things?
I wish I were the latter.
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?
Kick them in the face.
If you could offer a newborn child only one piece of advice, what would it be?
Buy a waffle maker and use it to buy friends.
Would you break the law to save a loved one?
Depends on the law, depends on the loved one. I’d break a speed limit or sleep in a wheelie bin or knock a policeman’s hat off, but I don’t want to commit now to doing anything more serious.
Have you ever seen insanity where you later saw creativity?
Yep. I’ve also seen insanity where other people saw creativity. Thank you theatre degree.
What’s something you know you do differently than most people?
How come the things that make you happy don’t make everyone happy?
Because everyone else is wrong.
What one thing have you not done that you really want to do? What’s holding you back?
Continue running my theatre company. I need moneys.
Are you holding onto something you need to let go of?
A moment ago I was chewing the cord on my hoodie until I realised my cat had done the same yesterday. A;ljadkf
If you had to move to a state or country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why?
Scotland because I want to live in a castle.
Do you push the elevator button more than once? Do you really believe it makes the elevator faster?
Yes and no, I do it because it’s fun.
Would you rather be a worried genius or a joyful simpleton?
The former is doing me ok for now (snort)
Why are you, you?
Nature, nurture, blah.
Have you been the kind of friend you want as a friend?
Which is worse, when a good friend moves away, or losing touch with a good friend who lives right near you?
Moving away – I miss people from university.
What are you most grateful for?
Right now my slippers because my feet were cold.
Would you rather lose all of your old memories, or never be able to make new ones?
Never be able to make new ones. At least that way I stay the same.
Is is possible to know the truth without challenging it first?
What is truth? Vom.
Has your greatest fear ever come true?
I’m terrified of hitting my head. Twice broken nose, a shattered hard palate, an exposed nerve and two false teeth later I’d say yes.
Do you remember that time 5 years ago when you were extremely upset? Does it really matter now?
Yes, I think about it every day and am grateful for it.
What is your happiest childhood memory? What makes it so special?
I was happy for most of my childhood, nothing stands out. Winding up my sister was fun, I remember seeing a man wearing a motorbike helmet and telling Katie to look at his shiny hair and she told me he must use a lot of conditioner. DUHHH HE WAS IN A HELMET
At what time in your recent past have you felt most passionate and alive?
On Friday I ran a workshop for KCL about Much Ado About Nothing – it made me remember that theatre is where I’m supposed to be.
If not now, then when?
Right now I’m sitting on the sofa wearing the same hoody I’ve worn for like, 4 months since I graduated, so maybe when I put on better clothes.
If you haven’t achieved it yet, what do you have to lose?
My bum shaped dent in the sofa.
Have you ever been with someone, said nothing, and walked away feeling like you just had the best conversation ever?
No because I know what a conversation is. Plus anybody who knows me knows that I like to fill the silence.
Why do religions that support love cause so many wars?
Because there’s oil involved.
Is it possible to know, without a doubt, what is good and what is evil?
I believe in God, Satan, Heaven & Hell. Beyond that I can’t categorise so easily.
If you just won a million dollars, would you quit your job?
My job is sofa-sitting, so yes, maybe. Maybe I’d buy a new sofa. Who knows.
Would you rather have less work to do, or more work you actually enjoy doing?
I’d like work please. Any employers reading this?
Do you feel like you’ve lived this day a hundred times before?
When was the last time you marched into the dark with only the soft glow of an idea you strongly believed in?
What does that even mean? I can see why Honor picked 10 good questions now.
If you knew that everyone you know was going to die tomorrow, who would you visit today?
Would you be willing to reduce your life expectancy by 10 years to become extremely attractive or famous?
Do I get to be extremely attractive/famous forever? I don’t want to be old and wrinkly.
What is the difference between being alive and truly living?
Being on or off a ventilator.
When is it time to stop calculating risk and rewards, and just go ahead and do what you know is right?
5pm, when it is right to haulass off the sofa and go have a cup of tea.
If we learn from our mistakes, why are we always so afraid to make a mistake?
Because it’s embarrassing.
What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you?
When was the last time you noticed the sound of your own breathing?
I have a cold and can hear it right now and it is driving me insane.
What do you love? Have any of your recent actions openly expressed this love?
I woke my cat up because she looked so cute and she tried to maul my face so I’m going to be more careful with expressions now.
In 5 years from now, will you remember what you did yesterday? What about the day before that? Or the day before that?
Yesterday, no. The day before I had a job interview (as;dklfja;lksdf) and the day before I ran a workshop. I hope so.
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 might assert my decision making skills and make tea now, even if it is only 2.40.