Thursday, November 13, 2008

Who you are vs. who you think you should be

My blog reader has gone all wonky again, which is great, because it showed me this post that Gretchen published back in September. I meant to address it then and life got in the way, so now I get that chance (mostly because I am home sick. Again.). In Gretchen's words, Here's a quiz, lightly adapted from The Creative Lawyer, to help you figure out your interests. Not what you WISH interested you, but what ACTUALLY interests you. I find myself sometimes thinking that I should enjoy certain things more, rather than just focusing on the things I do enjoy. This strikes me as completely absurd, and I would like to change it. So, then, this quiz.

1. What part of the newspaper do you read first? The L.A. Times used to call it the Living section; I suppose the human-interest section is what I always flip to first.

2. What are three books you've read in the past year? Invisible Cities, Twilight and The Host.

3. As a child, what did you do in your free time? Read; make collages, greeting cards, doll clothes, doll houses, other crafty things; listen to music and memorize my favorite songs, scouring liner notes for information on the artists. (Hmm. Essentially all the same fun/obsessive things I do now.)

4. What's a goal that has been on your list for a few years? Move to New Zealand.

5. What do you actually do with your free time? Daydream; doodle; visit websites for visual/creative inspiration; read; knit; sleep.

6. What types of activities energize you? Talking to people; being out in nature; traveling; reading magazines -- I guess any activity in which I can take in a lot of interesting information.

7. What famous people intrigue you? Nick Cave, Neil Finn, Ernest Shackleton, Judi Dench. I suppose the common threads are fearlessness and longevity -- both of which owe a debt to being able to look failure in the face and get on with it.

Looking over the answers, there's a lot for me to think about.
What about you? What actually interests you, and how is it different from what you think should interest you?


P said...

I'm not sure what's scarier to me - the questions, or my answers.

Emma said...

Well, that's it then -- now you HAVE to share.