Ten Questions

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A meme from Susanne.

1. If you blog anonymously, are you happy doing this? If you aren’t anonymous, do you wish you started out anonymously, so that you could be anonymous now?

I started out basically anonymous (I mean, my name is so common I could be anyone) and there is a certain freedom in that. At some point I linked my blogs up to Facebook so they are potentially read by people that know me now, and I’m slowly figuring out where the boundaries are, what I will feel comfortable saying and what I will regret later! On balance it was probably worth doing as it’s opened up interesting conversations and connections with people. You just never know who will turn out to be interested in the things that interest you, until you put stuff out there. If I’ve mortally offended anyone, they haven’t let me know.

2. Describe an incident that shows your inner stubborn side?

I don’t let things go until they make sense to me. I don’t stop asking “why”. Maybe that is a form of stubbornness.

3. What do you see when you really look at yourself in the mirror?

Well I just looked, and what I saw was chocolate on my nose! 😆

4. What is your favourite summer cold drink?

Agreeing with Susanne that you can’t go wrong with water.

5. When you take time for yourself, what do you do?

All kinds of things, depends what I feel like. I do a lot of thinking… too much probably.

6. Is there something that you still want to accomplish in your life?

Not really… I don’t look at life that way. Just managing to be reasonably happy for the time I have to be here and not do too much harm to anyone is about as ambitious as I get. I find it hard to see the point in anything more.

7. When you attended school, were you the class clown, the class overachiever, the shy person, or always ditching?

A bit of all these, at different times, and sometimes simultaneously. I was quiet but I was known for laughing too much in class. I did well but I didn’t much care.

8. If you close your eyes and want to visualize a very poignant moment in your life, what would you see?

Sitting in the Unitarian church hearing, from beneath its floorboards, the rumble of the 11:30 train to London that was taking my Muslim husband away. I still miss him.

9. Is it easy for you to share your true self in your blog, or are you more comfortable writing posts about other people and events?

It’s too easy for me! I have to limit it. I don’t write much about people any more either as I get too paranoid that someone will think it’s about them.

10. If you had the choice to sit down and read a book or talk on the phone, which would you do and why ?

Read a book, because like Susanne, I hate the phone. I find Skype with video slightly easier although still much more awkward than talking in person.

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4 responses »

  1. Loved reading these and I agree that # 8 – wow! My heart was touched as you recalled that.

    I didn’t know you were like that in school! Ha! This was great for learning more about you. I think it’s great that you had chocolate on your nose! 😀

  2. Typical of you Sarah that you make a joke of what you see when you look in the mirror. Is it so hard for you to see the strong, intelligent, capable and principled person that is you, and admit to it?
    I know all of this, and more, partly because of your answer to no.8. (which put a tear in my eye)
    Love you.

  3. It’s funny how everyone commented on #8. That reminds me of a Paul Simon lyric:

    “Losing love is like a window in your heart
    Everybody sees you’re blown apart
    Everybody feels the wind blow”

    I never knew how true that was until my marriage ended.

    Majeeda – do give it a go, I’d love to see your answers!

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