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30 Questions about me

Another batch of questions about me, the ones from the 365 Provoking questions I’m answering to this year.

01. What is your most beloved childhood memory?
I have a few, I don’t know which is the most beloved. I remember when I went to a BBQ with a lot of friends and parents when I was 7, we played and it was a great day out. I remember a trip to the capital that I took with my mother when I was 6, we had interesting desserts and we walked a lot. There are many other memories.

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02. Is it more important to love or be loved?
I don’t think it matters, one without the other is just as bad.

03. If it all came back around to you, would it help you or hurt you?
I imagine a bit of both. I did my best, but I’m not perfect.

04. If you had the chance to go back in time and change one thing would you do it?
Nothing. It would mean that my life would be different right now.

05. If a doctor gave you five years to live, what would you try to accomplish?
I can die tomorrow or right now. If I don’t live my life at the fullest now, does it really matter if I have another 5 years or another 50?

06. What is the difference between falling in love and being in love?
The difference is obvious. Falling in love is an attraction, the “butterflies in the tummy” phase. Being in love means loving the other despite their defects (or perceived defects).

07. Who do you think stands between you and happiness?
Me.

08. What is the difference between innocence and ignorance?
This is a strange question. Innocence means purity while ignorance means lack of knowledge.

09. What is the simplest truth you can express in words?
We all die.

10. What gives your life meaning?
My family, my work, my hobbies, all these give my life meaning.

11. Can there be happiness without sadness?  Pleasure without pain?  Peace without war?
Of course there can be happiness without sadness, pleasure without pain and peace without war. But sometimes the things that make some people happy, give them pleasure and give them peace lead to other people being sad or in pain.

12. What’s the one thing you’d like others to remember about you at the end of your life?
I don’t know. It’s not a subject I’m particularly concerned about.

13. Is there such a thing as perfect?
Of course, but that doesn’t mean that the rest of the world would agree with me. Even my husband has a different idea when it comes to perfection, so what is perfect for me might be just ok for him.

14. To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life has taken?
Every single bit of my life was controlled by me. Even if I let someone else influence me… I let someone influence me, so it’s still my choice to make.

15. What does it mean to be human?
According to Oxford Dictionary, human is “A man, woman, or child of the species “Homo sapiens”, distinguished from other animals by superior mental development, power of articulate speech, and upright stance.” This is my view too, this is what defines all of us humans. When we talk about human nature and the philosophic side of things, it gets too complicated. We are very similar and very different at the same time.

16. If you looked into the heart of your enemy, what do you think you would find that is different from what is in your own heart?
I don’t think I have enemies. While not everybody loves me, I don’t think I made some people feel so strongly in a negative way.

17. What do you love most about yourself?
I love a lot of things in me. I love the way I look, my convictions, my values.

18. Where would you most like to go and why?
I would love to go to Antarctica because the landscape is rough and amazingly beautiful. I love the force of nature, it shows its glory. Closer to home, I would like to visit all of the UK, to see all the stately homes opened to the public, all the national parks, all old relics and ancient monuments and, of course, all the zoos.

19. Is it more important to do what you love or to love what you are doing?
Is there a difference between those two? I love what I’m doing.

20. What do you imagine yourself doing ten years from now?
Pretty much what I do now.

21. What small act of kindness were you once shown that you will never forget?
I don’t want to talk about it on my blog. It’s regarding my work.

22. What is your happiest childhood memory? What makes it so special?
I think this question is the same as the first one. So see No1.

23. Do you own your things or do your things own you?
I own things.

24. Would you rather lose all of your old memories or never be able to make new ones?
I would rather not make new ones. I can’t imagine how my life would be without remembering how I met my husband or the moment I saw my puppy for the first time.

25. How do you deal with someone in a position of power who wants you to fail?
This doesn’t apply. I also don’t think anybody in a position of power ever wanted me to fail, it’s bad for them too and, as I said, I don’t think I have enemies.

26. What do you have that you cannot live without?
I imagine the question is regarding things. It has to be my glasses, as I have high prescription glasses. Without them I might step in front of a car by not being able to determine how fast it goes, so I literally can’t live without my glasses.

27. When you close your eyes what do you see?
Nothing, I have my eyes closed. Joking aside, I might think of something and I would “see” that.

28. What sustains you on a daily basis?
My husband, our dog, food (as in cooking), my passions, my work, our home, all sustain me.

29. What are your top five personal values?
1. Fairness
2. Tradition
3. Awareness
4. Harmony
5. Respect

30. Why must you love someone enough to let them go?
I don’t think this is the case. But, if you love someone enough and it’s not good for them to be in that place, then you must let them go.

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