Beautiful Wings

Find what makes your heart beat fast. Look left, look right, and chase after it with all you've got. Soon enough you'll be running so fast, you won't realise you're off the ground, spreading those beautiful wings… and flying!

Proust Questionnaire

The Proust Questionnaire supposedly tells a lot about one’s personality. Its name and modern popularity as a form of interview is owed to the responses given by French writer Marcel Proust (pictured above). My affinity for Proust Questionnaires is owed to Nigerian media entrepreneur Chude Jideonwo. Here are my answers:

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Laughing without control with someone you love without restraint

What is your greatest fear?

That I will live up to the expectations of others and in the end, displease God and myself

What historical figure do you most identify with?

David from the Bible

Which living person do you most admire?

Any cheerful, bountiful giver gets my admiration. The world needs more of them.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

My indecisiveness

What trait do you most deplore in others?

Disrespectfulness

What is your greatest extravagance?

Watches, shoes, food

On what occasion do you lie?

When the truth with hurt the hearer

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

My teeth

What is your favorite journey?

In a comfy seat: in a car, plane, boat or train – chatting, admiring the landscape and then sleeping. (Can you tell I love journeys?)

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Respect for others – in the Nigerian sense of the phrase

Which living person do you most despise?

Ha! That would be telling.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

‘Do you get’, ‘As in’, ‘I was just like…’

What is your greatest regret?

I have no ‘great regrets’

What or who is the greatest love of your life?

*blank stare*

When and where were you happiest?

I’m happy whenever I’m laughing – that deep, true laugh that comes from hearing a great joke. Where? I was very happy during my 2 years at St Johns College, Johannesburg.

Which talent would you most like to have?

20/20 vision, figuratively.

What is your current state of mind?

Probing, as always

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

My cold façade

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what would it be?

Myself?

If you could choose what or who to come back as, what would it be?

Myself, with straight, white teeth

What do your consider your greatest achievement?

Being able to turn my life around after a loss I suffered in 2006.

What is your most treasured possession?

My mind

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Knowing you once lost out on a great opportunity and having that fact stare you in the face every day.

What is your most marked characteristic?

My dimples

What is the quality you most like in a man?

Drive, Presence

What is the quality you most admire in a woman?

Wisdom, Strength

What do you most value in your friends?

Humour, Intelligence, Space

Who are your favourite writers?

Enid Blyton, Chinua Achebe, Khaled Hosseini

Who is your favourite hero of fiction?

Currently it’s Hassan (The Kite Runner)

Who are your heroes in real life?

My parents

What are your favourite names?

Denise, Blaise and names with French origin

What is it that you most dislike?

Repetitive noises (sniffing, snorting, tapping a finger, calling a name – over and over again)

How would you like to die?

Peacefully – in mind and body

What is your motto?

Find what makes your heart beat faster and chase after with all you’ve got…

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