Vanity Fair does this lovely Proust Questionnaire, since I don’t see them knocking on my door anytime soon, here are my answers:
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Laughing so hard with the people you love, adore and respect, that you pee a little, and the sun is shining directly in my face.
What is your greatest fear?
That despite my art teacher’s great warning 15 years ago in my autograph book, I will accidentally live a life of epic mediocrity
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
I’m attracted to suffers. People who had to fight for the greater good, for the right, for freedoms. I understand passions that you cannot control.
Which living person do you most admire?
My former CEO, she showed me that brilliance of leveraging the virtues of womanhood to be brilliant leader.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I was going to say procrastination, but came across this word from the original answerer of this questionnaire, and thought, that’s it, it’s that lethargic, heavy feeling I have sometimes that makes me so useless.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
What is your greatest extravagance?
Beautiful things that I must have
What is your favorite journey?
The trip to the airport, it doesn’t matter where I am going, the butterflies I get travelling to the airport gives me such joy.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
On what occasion do you lie?
When the situation calls for it. I often thing of lies as relative truths.
What do you dislike most about your appearance?
My ever increasing expanse of a belly, I pretend that it is a sign of prosperity but really its physical evidence of Inanition
Which living person do you most despise?
Despise is pretty harsh. I’ve learnt over the years that the only truth is that everything is relative.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“with all due respect”
What is your greatest regret?
The memory of the books I promised to write and didn't. Or rather haven’t yet.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My baby brother, it might sound strange, but he’s the kid I was meant to raise, and every time I talk to him, I fall in love a little more.
Which talent would you most like to have?
A perfect memory.
What is your current state of mind?
Curious about the future.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Too early in life to answer
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
I don’t think it matters. It seems like every thing/person has its own purpose and story. That interests me.
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be?
Perhaps an orphan or someone void of social connection. I always wonder how I would act if I wasn’t enshrined in the confines of structures I have grown up in.
What is your most treasured possession?
I once got robbed in Barcelona. And at that moment I realized that material stuff has no actual value, only the value you project on it. Beautiful things can be replaced, but your health, your peace of mind, your family are invaluable
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Worrying about the future.
Where would you like to live?
Somewhere warm, with a lot of family and friends to laugh with.
What is your favorite occupation?
Writing, discussing, debating and falling in love.
What is your most marked characteristic?
What is the quality you most like in a man?
Charm and intelligence
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Daring and kindness
What do you most value in your friends?
Loyalty and intelligence
Who are your favorite writers?
Too many to name, Tolstoy for Anna Kariena only, Shyam Selvadurai, Rohinton Mistry, Thomas Hardy, Jane Austen, Louis de Bernières, Paulo Cohello, Jeffery Archer and a few dozen others others
What is it that you most dislike?
People who don’t take the time to understand why
How would you like to die?
The way I’m meant.
What is your motto?
Upward and Onward!