I’ve recently discovered and become a fan of Brene’s inspiring blog. Along with the wisdom and food for thought to be found there is a challenge to list 16 things about yourself. Here goes nothing. Thanks, Brene!
1. I’m quite introverted. I find interacting with most people to be draining. Even after I’ve spent time with someone whose company I thoroughly enjoy, I feel the need to retreat into solitude and recharge my batteries.
2. I’m a passionate animal lover.
3. I believe the solution to any problem or dilemma can be found in a book.
4. I buy books obsessively, always looking and hoping for the rare book(s) that actually will change my life.
5. I haven’t always been a good friend.
6. After years of eating out and ordering in, I’ve discovered that I actually like to cook and that I truly love to bake.
7. I was raised by atheist parents and have, from a very young age, grappled with the big questions and my own spirituality. I’m fascinated by religion and have always envied people of faith.
8. I believe aging is a privilege for which I try to be grateful.
9. I also believe that aging well is the best revenge.
10. My comfort food of choice is a coffee-shop tuna melt (sourdough bread, swiss cheese, tomatoes) and fries.
11. I almost never eat animal flesh. The only thing that keeps me from embracing vegetarianism completely is my aforementioned need for the occasional therapeutic tuna melt.
12. I love music but mostly I love great singing and great singers regardless of genre.
13. Frank Sinatra’s voice gives me a visceral thrill every time I hear it.
14. I once sang semi-professionally. The prospect of getting up on stage now feels daunting.
15. 2008 was the second-most difficult year of my adult life. I can see now that the losses I experienced were necessary and that my life, as I was living it, was a lie, so much of what I held dear amounting to little more than smoke and mirrors.
16. My intention, going forward, is to live with authenticity and integrity.
If you have a blog, consider yourself tagged. Please post a link to your 16 things. If you’re not a blogger, that’s OK, too. Go ahead and post your list as a comment.
It’s a thought-provoking exercise. You’ll be glad you did.