So I came across this Marcel Proust questionnaire on two sites this morning, here at Judy Wise's blog, and here, in an interview with Christine Miller, that Leah at Creative Everyday posted a link to. I don't know why I like this interview stuff so much. I know there are some people who really hate them, like my husband. He is always worried about getting the answers wrong ! ;-). Maybe it is because I really like to share things about me, to let people get to know me. I am a pretty open book type of person. I also love to read other people's answers to the same questions. It is like a little door opening to let us get to know each other in a kind of safe, uniform way. Whatever... here is yet another interview with Moi !
Questionnaire by Marcel Proust, a French writer who believed that people must know and understand themselves before they could know or understand others. He developed a list of subjective questions that he felt would help reveal to people their true selves and the inner personalities of those around them.
What is your greatest fear?
Dying before I figure it out
What is your current state of mind?
What is your favorite way of spending time?
Painting or collaging in my studio, talking and playing with girlfriends, just "being" with my husband
What historical figure do you identify with?
Which living person do you most admire?
Who is your favorite fictional hero?
Who are you're real-life heroes?
My friend Andrea, my husband David, my sister Natalie
What is your most treasured possession?
Family photos, especially rare ones like those of my grandmother
When and where are you happiest?
Just before sleep when I am in David’s arms and we are snuggling and chatting
In a gathering of my family, laughing, dancing and sharing time together
What is your most obvious characteristic?
My creative eye
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
My lack of self-discipline
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Inconsideration or cruelty
What is your greatest extravagance?
Expensive, high quality cotton sheets and a great mattress
What is your favorite journey?
Any path that leads to the ocean
What do you most dislike about your appearance?
My Buddha Belly
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
On what occasion do you lie?
To avoid hurting someone's feelings.
Which words or phrases do you overuse the most?
"It’s all good.”
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I wish I would make promises to myself and keep them.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
The close, unconditionally loving relationship I maintain with my family
Where would you like to live?
Somewhere close to the ocean with a lot less winter, and my family near by
What is the quality you most admire in a man?
Determination and compassion
What is the quality you most admire in a woman?
Empathy, acceptance of their own femininity
What is it you most dislike?
What is it you most value in friends?
Humor, understanding without judgment, openness
How would you like to die?
Old and in my sleep, at the same time as my husband
If you could choose an object to come back as, what would you choose?
What is your motto (words that you live by or a mean a lot to you)?
It’s all good.
Who has been the greatest influence on you?
My parents, for the good and the bad.