Woman at the Keys

Who am I? What better way to find out than with the Proust Questionnaire!

What is your greatest fear? 20160523_000640000_iosBeing trapped in my own body, aware that I am unable to function or communicate

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Rashness

What is the trait you most deplore in others? Lack of critical thinking skills

Which living person do you most admire? Alain de Botton

What is your greatest extravagance? Experiences

What is your current state of mind? I’m not sure

What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Stick-to-it-tive-ness

On what occasion do you lie? When I think it won’t hurt anyone

What do you most dislike about your appearance? Limp, mousy hair

Which living person do you most despise? Anyone who is a celebrity for celebrity’s sake (think Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton, etc.)

What is the quality you most like in a man? Gentlemanly manners

What is the quality you most like in a woman? Grace

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? just, anyways, and so. Also, the number 28. Whenever I need to pick a random number, more often than not, I choose 28. No clue why!

What or who is the greatest love of your life? This guy

When and where were you happiest? So many times and so many places. Life has been good to me

Which talent would you most like to have? To be more creative and not struggle so much for inspiration

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I would have grown up in a family I could relate to

What do you consider your greatest achievement? That I’ve never stopped learning

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, who or what would it be? The wind

Where would you most like to live? Spain

What is your most treasured possession? My passport

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Loneliness (I agree with Proust on this one)

What is your favourite occupation? Humanitarian Mercenary

What is your most marked characteristic? My excessive cursing and distaste for babies

What do you most value in your friends? Their ability to agree to disagree with me and still be good friends

Who are your favourite writers? Check my What to Read archive page

Who is your hero of fiction? Dominique Francon

Which historical figure do you most identify with? Thomas Jefferson

Who are your heroes in real life? Anyone who escapes from a situation of real political horror and then devotes his life to helping those left behind (think North Korean defectors)

What are your favourite names? Old-fashioned names, like Edith and Franklin

What is it that you most dislike? When people have strong beliefs but are too cowardly to speak out in defense of them

What is your greatest regret? That I wasn’t smarter with money when I was younger.

How would you like to die? In a chaotic accident. Everyone thinks she knows how she will behave in any given situation—a plane crash, terrorist attack, tornado—but I don’t believe you can ever really know until you are in that situation. I would like to find out if I will be as composed and able to engage my critical thinking skills as I think I will.

What is your motto? I’ve had many throughout my life, but none at the current moment. Likely my next one will come from Proust.