This is the newest post in the series: 365 Thought Provoking Questions to Ask Yourself This Year I mentioned in my first post. I was excited about it and I still love some of the questions, but some of them are daft. So, to make things a little harder, this month I will answer 100 questions in 10 words or less. I love this challenge and I hope you’ll enjoy reading my answers. It was hard to answer using only 10 words. I skipped one because I wanted to talk more about it, so that is in the next update.
1. Do you ever celebrate the green lights?
Not really. This is what I meant on daft questions.
2. What personal prisons have you built out of fears?
None, the notion of prison is too harsh.
3. What one thing have you not done that you really want to do?
Go on a very long hike.
4. Why are you, you?
I’m me due to past experiences and born characteristics.
5. If you haven’t achieved it yet what do you have to lose?
What I achieved so far.
6. What three words would you use to describe the last three months of your life?
love – passion – compassion
7. Is it ever right to do the wrong thing? Is it ever wrong to do the right thing?
Who defines right and wrong?
8. How would you describe ‘freedom’ in your own words?
To be able to be me.
9. What is the most important thing you could do right now in your personal life?
Take a different approach regarding my relation with relatives.
10. If you could ask one person, alive or dead, only one question, who would you ask and what would you ask?
My Italian grand-grandmother about our ancestors.
11. If happiness was the national currency, what kind of work would make you rich?
Fair and tolerant.
12. What is your number one goal for the next six months?
Run 5k in under 40 min.
13. Would you ever give up your life to save someone else?
For whom? When? How?
14. Are you happy with yourself?
15. What is the meaning of ‘peace’ to you?
The opposite of war, fights, bullying, even snarky comments.
16. What are three moral rules you will never break?
Only after an extreme situation I could say that.
17. What does it mean to allow another person to truly love you?
I don’t think you can allow someone what to feel.
18. Who or what do you think of when you think of love?
My husband and our dog.
19. If your life was a novel, what would be the title and how would your story end?
“My life”. Hopefully with a happy end.
20. What would you not give up for $1,000,000 in cash?
A lot: my freedom, my family, my values.
21. When do you feel most like yourself?
Working, in a lovely dress and high heels.
22. When you help someone do you ever think, “What’s in it for me?”
That’s not helping somebody, but making a deal.
23. What is your greatest challenge?
Like everybody, overcoming my fears.
24. How do you know when it’s time to continue holding on or time to let go?
It’s obvious, but it’s hard to face the decision.
25. How do you define success?
Being happy with my life and my choices.
26. If someone could tell you the exact day and time you are going to die, would you want them to tell you?
No, what’s the point?
27. If I could grant you one wish what would you wish for?
A happy balanced tolerant world.
28. What have you read online recently that inspired you?
29. Why do religions that advocate unity divide the human race?
Religions advocate unity within its doctrine, not with others.
30. If you could live one day of your life over again, what day would you choose?
It sounds like a nightmare, not a dream. None.
31. If you left this life tomorrow, how would you be remembered?
I don’t care about being remembered.
32. Beyond the titles that others have given you, who are you?
I’m the titles, those define me.
33. If you could live the next 24 hours and then erase it and start over just once, what would you do?
Nothing special, my dark side and I live together happily.
34. Is it possible to know the truth without challenging it first?
You have to search for the truth.
35. What word best describes the way you’ve spent the last month of your life?
36. What makes everyone smile?
I imagine nothing does. Our culture is too different.
37. What do you owe yourself?
Attention, love, time, compassion, tolerance.
38. What would your ‘priceless’ Mastercard-style commercial be?
Without the bought things the “priceless” moment wouldn’t exist.
39. Can you think of a time when impossible became possible?
All the time impossible became possible, it’s called progress.
40. Why do you matter?
Why shouldn’t I matter? Or anybody else?
41. How have you changed in the last five years?
So much, mostly by having a new attitude.
42. What are you sure of in your life?
Many things, some too personal to disclose online.
43. When you think of ‘home,’ what, specifically, do you think of?
Obviously my home, the one shared with my husband & dog.
44. What’s the difference between settling for things and accepting the way things are?
Settling means compromise, accepting means being happy with the outcome.
45. How many of your friends would you trust with your life?
Why should I trust anybody with my life?
46. What’s your definition of heaven?
Walking on a wind swept cliff looking at the sea.
47. What is your most prized possession?
48. How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
I am amazing.
49. What stands between you and happiness?
Already answered that. Me.
50. What makes a person beautiful?
Their features and the way they show them.
51. Is there ever a time when giving up makes sense?
Giving up something that doesn’t work is not giving up.
52. What makes you proud?
What I achieved and how I did it.
53. How do you find the strength to do what you know in your heart is right?
If it’s right you don’t need a lot of strength.
54. Where do you find peace?
I should find it in me.
55. When have you worked hard and loved every minute of it?
Last week or so.
56. How short would your life have to be before you would start living differently today?
It wouldn’t matter. I live my life beautifully.
57. Is it better to have loved and lost or to have never loved at all?
Love and lost.
58. What would you do if you made a mistake and somebody died?
I don’t know.
59. Who do you trust and why?
Many people for different reasons.
60. If you were forced to eliminate every physical possession from your life with the exception of what could fit into a single backpack, what would you put in it?
Books, my wedding ring, cosmetics.
61. When does silence convey more meaning than words?
When a stupid remark is made.
62. How do you spend the majority of your free time?
Reading, sightseeing, watching tv shows, walking, playing games.
63. Who do you think of first when you think of ‘success?’
64. What did you want to be when you grew up?
A doctor or lawyer.
65. How will today matter in five years from now?
I don’t know, maybe 1 day will not matter much.
66. How have you helped someone else recently?
Gave a big bag of items to charity, on Friday.
67. What is your greatest skill?
Cooking, I hope.
68. Do you see to believe or believe to see?
See to believe.
69. How are you pursuing your dreams right now?
By making everyday choices.
70. What’s the next big step you need to take?
I’m already taking it.
71. If today was the last day of your life, would you want to do what you are about to do today?
72. If today was the last day of your life, who would you call and what would you tell them?
If I wait until my last day, does it matter?
73. Who do you dream about?
Nobody in particular.
74. What do you have trouble seeing clearly in your mind?
Nothing at the moment.
75. What are you looking forward to?
Anniversary, holidays, daysout, work stuff, cooking new dishes.
76. What is the number one thing you want to accomplish before you die?
Pay off debts, don’t want to leave a financial burden.
77. When is love a weakness?
When the one you love doesn’t love you back.
78. What has been the most terrifying moment of your life thus far?
Don’t want to blog about it, happened many years ago.
79. Who is the strongest person you know?
80. If you could take a single photograph of your life, what would it look like?
A picture of me, my husband and our dog.
81. Is the reward worth the risk?
Depends on the reward and the risk.
82. For you personally, what makes today worth living?
Hope, plans, my family, my home.
83. What have you done in the last year that makes you proud?
I took some hard decisions.
84. What did you learn recently that changed the way you live?
Having a microwave is fab.
85. What is your fondest memory from the past three years?
I have so many with my family, can’t pick one.
86. What are the primary components of a happy life?
Accepting yourself and tolerate others.
87. How would the world be different if you were never born?
88. What is your favorite song and why?
Imagine. I love the words.
89. With the resources you have right now, what can you do to bring yourself closer to your goal?
Well… use them. :))
90. What are your top three priorities?
Organize better x three.
91. Why do we idolize sports players?
They are an inspiration. For me is Michael Schumacher.
92. What is the nicest thing someone has ever done for you?
Gave me advice when I needed it.
93. What do you see when you look into the future?
Sun or clouds, depending on my mood.
94. What makes you angry? Why?
Many things, like injustice, lies and intolerance. Hurts people.
95. What is the most valuable life lesson you learned from your parents?
You can walk away if you are not happy.
96. What does love feel like?
97. What are your favorite simple pleasures?
Reading, I could spend days on the sofa reading.
98. If you could go back in time and tell a younger version of yourself one thing, what would you tell?
Nothing, what I did makes me who I am now.
99. What do you do to deliberately impress others?
I only need to impress myself, not others.
100. What will you never do?
Do something against my values to please others.