What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Satisfaction and confidence in who I am, in what I do and live by, security in who I love and who loves me, and enough means to enjoy what I have already, and health for me and the people I love, so we can enjoy it together, for hopefully a long, long time.
What is your greatest fear?
Losing people I love, and finding some deplorable and disgusting traits in myself.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Selfishness and pride.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
Can't really say that I found a historical character to be very 'me', but I admire Mother Theresa very much. Finding release in working with children and doing aid projects is one way I really feel happy. Children are such pure beings but wise souls, even though they sometimes stretch my patience.
What is your greatest extravagance? Not exercising. Or working hard enough on whatever projects - school, my mind, my hobbies.
What is your current state of mind? Exhaustion. Not of this question - just today.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Chastity
What is your favorite journey?
Don't really get this - is this referring to an ideal trip? My ideal trip is on a country road with the roof of the car up and the wind whipping through my hair, driving away from all my problems.
On what occasion do you lie? When it smooths things over - for me, or for others. Lies that avoid clashes.
What do you dislike about your appearance?
Almost everything, usually. :) Seriously? My skin. Sounds weird, I know.
Which living person do you most despise?
Do I have to know this person? Cos' I know a lot of Wall Street bankers/politicians I'd like to reel off. I won't name names of people I know, because regardless of despising them, that's not for me to start spouting their name in public.
Which living person do you most admire?
My parents. Despite their personality quirks, they are the most perfect people to me.
What is your favorite color and flower?
I like all colours, provided they blend and match, or even clash, but in an artsy way. It depends solely on my mood. Flowers? Lilies and orchids.
Which words or phrases do you dislike?
Insulting but overused phrases. Such as, "You're such a dork." or "That's so gay." Horrible!
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
"Uhhh ... "
What is the quality you most like in a man?
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My family and friends
When and where were you happiest?
Just before my 14th birthday, I was really, really happy. I'm not saying wise or knowledgeable, nor am I saying I'd go back if I had the chance. All I know is that I was a carefree, happy person. That's the happiest I've been in a long time, but I was probably happier as a child - when I felt more secure.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would rewrite my personality, editing out a couple of memories, go back in time and change a couple of things - stuff like that.
If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
My mother's and sister's insomnia problems, and my sister's .... emotional rollercoaster rides.
Which talent would you most like to have?
Creativity. In writing, art, and music. I have some, but not as much as I'd like.
What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
When I was 12, my mother had surgery to remove a tumor. I went with her to another country so she could get it done safely and properly. When I was there, I consider it my greatest achievement to be by her side and do all I could to make her happy and comforted during that time. And also to send thoughts back to my family, updating them on her progress. And also helping my younger siblings through a move to another country.
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
A person? A good, wise one, I'd hope. A thing? I'd want to come back as a book. But I'd probably end up being a piece of linoleum. That's how uninteresting I am.
What is your most treasured possession?
Things come and go - people are what matter most. My most treasured possesions are mementos - things that carry memories, sad and happy.
Who are your heroes in real life? Besides all the historical and present living day characters, my real heroes are the people I will remember at the end of my life, and those will be the people who stuck with me through thick and thin, who loved me and taught me things. Those are the people who matter the most.
Who do you consider to be a genius?
Living? Simon Schama.
What is your greatest regret?
Climbing off that Narnian Unicorn, or that Thestral. Just kidding. Had to add a little humor. This questionnaire is awfully serious. I could be whimsical about it, but I just can't, right now. Billet could do a good job.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Seeing pain in the people I love, knowing I caused it and could have prevented it.
What do you value most in your friends?
Honesty, loyalty, and simple kindness.
Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
Frodo and Sam from The Lord of the Rings. (I'm sure there are many more, but this is what my fried brain is coming up with)
How would you like to die?
Hard question. I would like to die quickly, but still managing to tell everyone everything. I would like to die in a way that didn't make me ashamed of the life I hope to live, if that makes sense. Peacefully, or if not that, then honorably.
Thanks for the questions - they are really, really great.