This morning, my friend Irene shared something very amusing on Facebook: David Bowie (one of my all-time favorite artists), answering the “Proust Questionnaire”. Excellent questionnaire, and excellent answers (imho). And while reading through it, I thought to myself that it might be interesting to answer these questions myself.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Being held by my hubby.
Smelling the ocean.
And some other things.
What is your most marked characteristic?
On the positive side: My reliability.
And on the other side: My grumpy, gloomy attitude.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Getting up every day.
What is your greatest fear?
Losing someone I love.
Having to eat celery with absolutely NO chance to prevent it.
What historical figure do you most identify with?
Is Peppermint Patty historical?
Which living person do you most admire?
Have to pass this one.
Who are your heroes in real life?
People who are true to themselves.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
And sometimes my naïveté.
(I really believe that there’s something good in everyone, so it’s super easy to lie to me and to give me the runaround.)
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Dishonesty. And sometimes cheerfulness. 🙂
What is your favorite journey?
The trip to the ice cream shop.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Courage. Often leads to trouble.
Which word or phrases do you most overuse?
What is your greatest regret?
That I did not attend my grandmother’s funeral.
What is your current state of mind?
Spinning in circles.
If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
Exchange some existing family members for people I actually like.
What is your most treasured possession?
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Losing self-respect and the ability to laugh about yourself.
Where would you like to live?
Right here, right now.
What is your favorite occupation?
Reading, cooking, reading about cooking.
Or binge-watching some crime-related TV fiction.
What is the quality you most like in a man?
The ability to help me with power tools (as in “explain to me how to use them without chopping an arm off”).
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Straightforwardness (I have a dislike for sneaky bitches).
And the ability to apply make-up correctly without overusing it.
What are your favorite names?
Deirdre. Jean. Maria.
What is your motto?
No idea… Have to think about that one.
So – do you still like me after reading all this? 🙂
Don’t know a thing about Marcel Proust? He apparently is one of the greatest authors of all times. The questionnaire though was filled out before that, some time in the 1880s. More on Proust can be found here.