HAPPY NEW YEAR | 2013, Let's Do This

How does the New Year always tend to creep up on us so quickly? I can tell you most definitely, time does indeed go faster as you get older. I have yet to figure out why this is? Perhaps as children we didn't feel the weight of the world on our shoulders? We lived day by day as it came. We looked at the world with wonder and amusement. Perhaps just a little, as adults we loose this wonder and amusement of the world we live in today. We get busier with minuet unimportant details that take up a majority of our days thus making them seemingly shorter. I am sure this all sounds too familiar, but the question is "what are we doing about it"? Perhaps a great place to start is a brand new self assessment. I believe there are poignant questions you need to ask yourself in the quest of figuring out your path and how you are to improve upon your current state of mind.

Partly Sunny Vanity Fair Proust
Partly Sunny Vanity Fair Proust

For some enlightenment and inspiration, I picked up Vanity Fair's PROUST Questionnaire book. The book is an intimate look into the inner lives of our most prominent cultural figures. Marcel Proust was a French novelist, critic, and essayist and these are probing questions that originated in the 19th century as a parlor game that was made popular by him. Proust believed that in answering these questions, one reveals their true nature and perhaps in doing so, can aid in personal growth. He answered the first time when he was 13 and then again at 20. So amongst the prominent cultural figures ... I also took some time to answer a condensed version of these questions in order to gain a little more insight into my true nature.

1. What is your idea of the perfect happiness? Being current. Knowing that my love, friends and family are all well and happy. 10 hours of uninterrupted sleep. Solitude.

2. What is your greatest fear? Not being able to have children. To be alone. Not being truly loved.

3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? My anxiety and the inability to control my emotions at the worst of times.

4. What is the trait you most deplore in others? Whining. Taking oneself too seriously. Having no consideration for others.

5. On what occasion do you lie? Everybody has secrets and we all have the right to keep them to ourselves if we choose. There is never a need to divulge everything. I've told several lies and in the most part it is because I do not think the truth would serve any good or purpose.

6. What do you dislike most about you're appearance? My skin.

7. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I'd like to be more confrontational.

8. Which talent would you most like to have? I'd love to be able to sing like Nina Simone or Janis Joplin.

9. What do you consider your greatest achievement? I don't think I have achieved it yet. Actually I am certain I have yet to achieve it.

10. What is your most marked characteristics? Loyalty. Compassion.

11. How would you like to die? Much much much later. In peace, no pain. Hopefully somewhere where the sun is shining. I'd like to be cremated and not kept in a damn jar.

12. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what do yo think it would be? As a living thing ... I hope I come back as a loved and spoiled cute, adorable lap dog. If I come back as a thing ... perhaps some sort of technology that is important and essential for living. Like an artificial heart or limb for someone in need.

13. Which words or phrases do you most overuse? "We'll see", "For sure", "Absolutely", "I Love You", "Really?", "Fricken", "At the end of the day...".

14. Who's your favourite action hero? The guy or the girl that gets the guy or the girl at the end of the story.

15. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Not having any goods news to share (even if it's not my own). We all need good news.

16. What is the quality you most like in a man? Humor, loyalty, patience and the care for oneself (style).

17. What is the quality you most like in a woman? Humor, loyalty, impatience and the care for oneself (style).

18. If you could change one thing about your family what would it be? To be closer.

19. What is your one regret? Spending too much time and money in school. If I could do it again, I would have taken my time and the money and gone traveling.

20. Your motto? You don't always need to know what you're going to do (with your life) ... Just know what kind of person you'd liked to be.

So, here's to the new year, the next stage, the new chapter (whatever you'd like to call it). I look forward to answering these questions again in 10 years time so that I can see the familiarities and the differences. I hope 2013 serves to be another great year of self discovery for everyone. 2013, let's do this.

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