My friend, Tia, has started a tumblr (inspired by a production being put on by a local theatre company) encouraging folks to go on an Identity Scavenger Hunt. And in her rallying cry of “let’s be brave and search alone-together” (which I love love love love) – I’m all in. And I encourage you to play along as well! Over the next 30 days or so, Tia will be posting a question or two a day from the famous Proust Questionnaire on the tumblr. I’ll be doing my best to keep up and answer the questions here; my approach will be to not think too much about any one answer and to go from the gut. You can answer the questions on the Identity Scavenger Hunt tumblr, on your own blog, in your journal, in your head, or feel free to e-mail answers directly to the lovely Tia at firstname.lastname@example.org – she may want to use some of your answers in different ways in the future!
I missed a few days again… so here’s another catch-up!
19. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would be less fearful of shaking things up and more bold. This is something I am actively working on.
20. If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
I’m answering this one privately because I promised not to write on the blog about family.
21. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Being an independent woman who can take care of herself.
22. If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
Ok – I first read this as “what would you like to be” … but “what do you think it would be” is much different. I think I would come back as loose rainbow glitter: colorful, shiny, makes people smile, but is also kind of annoying because it gets into everything and is easily scattered.
23. What is your most treasured possession?
Actual thing: Fabian. I think she counts, right? (also – surprise, surprise. lol)
A more thoughtful answer: my soul.
24. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Feeling completely worthless – like you have nothing to contribute to the world or to help better the existence of others or even yourself. That is the worst, most hellish place to be. And, unfortunately, I think everyone gets to experience that at least once in a lifetime.
25. Where would you like to live?
Ideally, I would live on a farm sanctuary where we would take in animals who have no where to go from dogs and cats to goats and elephants. It would also be a hippie artist commune of sorts – there would be a barn for performance and other structures to be used for other forms of artistic work. The main farmhouse would be accommodations for artists in residence and soul seekers. We would grow as much of our own food as possible and do yoga and make music and theatre and take care of the resident creatures and each other. We would also engage in therapeutic artistic and animal experiences – people could come from all over to stay for varying lengths of time for therapy or could have weekly appointments. We would do retreats. The farm would be within a short distance to both a major city with a theatre/performance industry and a beach/ocean.
26. What is your favorite occupation?
The one that I want: actor/theatre artist.
The one I admire most: conservationist on an animal reserve.
27. What is your most marked characteristic?
That I have a big heart. I think. I hope.
28. What is the quality you most like in a man?
Genuine, truthful kindness.
29. What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Genuine, truthful kindness.