"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."



('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)




Saturday, March 20, 2010

Borrowed from The Independent

I saw this in The Independent this morning and decided that the idea would be an interesting one to borrow. I shall pass it on for your perusal and attention and invite anyone who would feels so inclined to pick up the baton and run forward with it. :)
My parents were ...  married for over 54 years. They met when Dad was in hospital and Mum was the ward sister.
The house I grew up in ... from the age of ten was a typical three bedroomed inter-war semi. Before that, we moved around a bit.
When I was a child I wanted to be ... well, actually, I wanted to be a princess and rich, neither of which has happened.
If I could change one thing about myself ... I would like  to be slimmer and to have curly hair is the superficial answer (yes, I know that's two). The more serious answer is I would like to worry less.
You wouldn't know it but I'm very good at ... being tidy and well organised.
You may not know it but I'm no good at ... maths. I used to be a maths phobic but I am trying to get over that.
At night I dream of ... losing things and looking for things, often my purse!
What I see when I look in the mirror ... Someone who has made mistakes in the past  and had a pattern of not trying hard enough and settling for second best academically but who is now pretty well on track with what she wants to achieve in life.
My favourite outfit ... something which is comfortable but looks really good. I am still looking. There is some truth in the French saying, 'Il faut souffrir pour etre belle' which is loosely translated as 'To look halfway decent requires a large degree of discomfort.'
My house is ... compact, easy to look after and in a quiet location which is great for country walks.
My favourite work of art is ... anything by L.S. Lowry.
A book that changed me ... I can't think of any one particular book which I could say had changed me, but I have always loved reading and couldn't imagine being without at least one book on the go.
Movie heaven ... I am not a huge fan of films but I do get hooked on TV series sometimes. All time favourites in that respect is the Beiderbecke Trilogy, based on the novels by Alan Plater, probably because they are reminiscent of a more carefree era of teaching but I also enjoy his sense of humour, which comes across so well in the series.
The last album I downloaded ... I haven't. I still prefer to buy the CD but I listen to Last fm and that often leads me to artists who are new to me.
My greatest regret ...  Regrets are about living in the past and are generally a waste of energy so I look at them occasionally and then put them back in the box. I can't say I have one regret that towers over the others though.
My real-life villain ... The bankers who are walking away from the recession with huge bonuses and no feelings of responsibility for those whose lives have been changed, sometimes dramatically, by their pursuit of greed and the politicians who are allowing it to happen and whose only strategy is to hammer ordinary people with increasing burdens of taxation.
The person who really makes me laugh is ... Keith.
The last time I cried ... was on Mother's Day because I wasn't going to hear from Hugh but, in my head, I could hear him saying 'Love you, Mum' as he always used to do when he ended a phone conversation.
My five-year plan ... To do my supervision training, which starts in May, finish my Mental Health diploma and later on, do some Neuro-Linguistic Programming training.
What's the point? Life is for living and I want make good use of whatever time is left to me, doing things that I want to do and spending time with those who are important to me.
My life in six words ...Fulfilling, ups and downs, sometimes sad.

Now it's your turn.

6 comments:

Daphne said...

Ooh, fascinating, thank you! I think I'll be having a go at it myself.

Jennyta said...

Go for it, Daphne!

Yorkshire Pudding said...

Interesting "meme" but I am far too bashful to attempt it myself.

Jennyta said...

Oh go on, YP. I dare you. Surely you can't resist a challenge? :)

Rosie said...

I will have a go. Not sure what I;ll put for some of the though.

Jennyta said...

Some of the questions certainly got me thinking, Rosie. :)

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